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Custody and Child Support Laws for Unmarried Couples

Romantic relationships don’t always work out, and when children are involved, situations can become complicated. When romantic partners — whether married or not — have a child together, both parents are responsible for the child’s well-being. For unmarried parents, the circumstances of a relationship can vary significantly. Some unmarried parents are part of a committed couple who live together, while others may…

Parental Alienation

Parental alienation occurs when a child of divorcing parents becomes allies with one parent while rejecting the affection of the other parent. This form of alienation happens in divorces that are contested, and when one parent is unable to let go of their anger towards the other party. The child may even refuse to visit the other parent, who is generally the parent…

Dividing Property in a Divorce in Massachusetts

If you are getting a divorce in Massachusetts, it’s important to understand that Massachusetts is an equitable distribution state. This means that all assets and debts from your marriage will be divided up in a way that is deemed fair, and not necessarily equal to both parties. When you are going through the divorce process, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you…

Removing Parental Rights

Removing parental rights typically is considered as a last resort to protect children. However, removal of a parent’s rights can occur in a number of different circumstances, including: When the state determines that a child is in an unsafe situation or is subject to neglect or abandonment in the family home, after reasonable efforts to work with the parents. When one parent…

QDRO – Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a court-approved decree that assigns part or all of tax qualified retirement benefits to divided marital assets, to provide child support, or to pay spousal alimony. Any assignments of retirement interests must comply with two federal laws: the Internal Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974. On order for…