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US and Massachusetts Divorce Rates

The dissolution of a marriage is never easy and it is more common than most people want to consider. The good news is, the divorce rate in the United States seems to be on the decline. Understanding current divorce rates as well as marriage and divorce trends in the U.S. and Massachusetts can help shed light on what is working and what…

Visitation with Unrelated or Step-Children

Divorce is hard. It is emotionally taxing and physically exhausting when two people who entered into a marriage decide to end it. The difficulty is exacerbated, though, when one of the parties was a step-parent and is now separated from not only their former partner, but children they’ve bonded with as well. In the state of Massachusetts, there are provisions for de…

Career Fields with Highest Divorce Rates

There are many elements that can lead to a couple divorcing, but career seems to play a very large part. Whether it’s due to the stress of the job, long hours away from home, or a great deal of social interaction without your spouse, your career could put you in a high-risk category for divorce. These jobs have some of the highest…

2017 New Child Support Guidelines

Every 4 years, the probate and family court issues a new set of Child Support Guidelines.  The changes are meant to reflect economic realities, changes in the law, and help to clarify how child support amounts are set in Massachusetts. Notable Changes to the Child Support Guidelines: Minimum Presumptive Order If a payor doesn’t make enough money to pay the child support…

The Second Look Test Assures a Fair Prenuptial Agreement

Every year, thousands of people get married with a plan to live happily together for the rest of their lives. In reality, between 40 and 50 percent of those couples will eventually divorce. This is just one of many reasons why couples should consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. Massachusetts law specifically recognizes prenuptial, or antenuptial, contracts concerning the division of assets…