When pursuing a divorce, there are dozens of different things to think about. Where will each party live? How will property and debts be divided? Who will get custody of the kids? Will you maintain the same friend group? What else will change?
While mothers are automatically granted parental rights in Massachusetts and immediately incur the rights and responsibilities bestowed to parents as such, the same is not true for fathers. In fact, unless parents are married at the time of a child’s birth, then paternity must be established through one of two ways. Establishing paternity is critical…Details
Many couples know that their relationship is over—and perhaps even live separately—for many months or years before they file for a divorce. In some situations, couples may even be separated and back in the dating game, despite the fact that their divorce is pending. While dating again after your separation may feel completely natural, it’s…Details
When couples are going through a divorce, there are many things that must be resolved before the divorce can be finalized. One important issue to resolve is that of property and asset division. Couples are encouraged to work together to reach an agreement, although the court will intervene if an agreement cannot be reached. Unfortunately,…Details
Divorce is a decision that no one comes to easily, especially parents with children. For parents, choosing to get divorced can be particularly excruciating, and telling the kids about the divorce can be heartbreaking. While divorce can take an emotional toll on children, having the right conversations with children at the right time can help…Details
Divorce is always complex, even when parties are in agreement about the divorce and pursue it jointly. When one party is incarcerated, the process of filing for divorce can be especially confusing. If you’re divorcing an incarcerated spouse in Massachusetts, our divorce attorney at the Law Office of Heather M. Ward can help. Please call…Details
Having a child and being a parent is a beautiful thing. While no parent wants to think about it, planning for the slim possibility that something happens to both you and your spouse, leaving your child parentless, is important. At the Law Office of Heather M. Ward, we can work with you to name a…Details
For divorcing parents, reaching an agreement about child custody is a key part of finalizing a divorce settlement. After a divorce, though, one parent may want to relocate to a new city or state, potentially impacting each parent’s current time spent with the child, and potentially breaching the child custody agreement. If you or your…Details
Most people are familiar with the idea of a prenuptial agreement—a legal document that parties enter into prior to a marriage that outlines the financial terms of the relationship, including things such as how property will be divided upon separation and the value of a spousal maintenance award. While prenuptial agreements are common for married…Details
When parents are seeking a divorce in Massachusetts, they must reach an agreement about numerous elements of the divorce before the dissolution can be finalized. Perhaps one of the most important decisions to make is how custody of a shared child will be split.