Divorce Settlement – What You Need to Know

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…

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Gay Prenups – Do You Need One?

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…

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Child Custody – Birdnesting

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.

How to Establish Paternity

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.

Gay Divorce and You

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,…

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