While you may be more than ready to terminate your relationship with your spouse and move forward with your life independently, unfortunately, the process of settling a divorce can take many months. Attorney Heather M. Ward can help you to understand the divorce settlement process, including issues that must be resolved before your divorce can…Details
As you and your partner plan for your wedding, you have a lot of things to think about: What will you wear? Who will be on the guest list? Where will the venue be? And more. As you make these decisions, you might also consider forming a prenuptial agreement. For all couples, prenuptial agreements can…Details
When parents divorce, it is important that they reach an agreement regarding custody and visitation. However, it is not only the parents who are impacted by the divorce and the relationship with the child; grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles, other family members, and siblings are often affected, too.
When parents are getting a divorce, determining with whom children will live is often one of the hardest decisions that parents must make. What’s more, because divorce can be psychologically damaging to a child, parents are further tasked with mitigating the negative effects of a divorce in whatever way they can.
For mothers of children in Massachusetts, legal parentage and the rights that surround it is automatic; birth mothers do not need to do anything to prove that they are a child’s mother, and a mother’s name is automatically added to a child’s birth certificate.
Even parents who are divorcing but able to work together amicably often find that reaching an agreement about child custody is difficult. For those whose relationships are contentious, resolving disagreements about child custody usually proves to be that much more difficult.
While some issues in a divorce are unique to a couple based on their particular situation, all couples who are divorcing in Massachusetts must face the issue of property division. For some couples, dividing property may be easier than for others – this is especially true when a couple owns few assets. For other couples,…Details
Regardless of who you are, getting a divorce can be complicated. Of course, for some couples, divorce is more complex than it is for others. For gay couples who are separating, this may be the case, as gay couples may encounter unique issues in the divorce.
Family law attorneys, counselors, and psychologists all do their best to minimize trauma for the children in situations where the parents are separating or going through a divorce. One new method of coping with the trauma is called “birdnesting, “ which is a means of keeping the family home intact and providing stability for the…Details
Gay, or same-sex divorce, is a relatively new phenomenon since the historic passage of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 in which the U.S. Supreme court legitimized same-sex marriage in every state. Massachusetts had been ahead of the curve since it legalized same-sex marriage in 2004 in the case of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health,…Details