Divorce & Family Law Blog

  Once a family law judge has issued a child custody order, the order is legally binding—meaning both parents must abide by the terms of that order. However, life can change dramatically after a divorce. A custody arrangement rarely works for every stage in a child’s life, childrens’ needs evolve as they grow and parents’ […]

As you try to manage your visitation schedule during the havoc caused by COVID-19, it’s important to put the needs of your children first. If it has been hard to co-parent with your ex before the pandemic, it’s going to be even harder when you are stressed and uncertain about the future. Take the time […]

If you have decided that it’s time to file for a divorce in Massachusetts, but you fear for your safety, it’s time to get the help you need. Filing for a divorce can trigger a domestic violence abuser, causing danger to you and your children. You can file for a 209A restraining order first, before […]

Dividing the marital estate can be a stressful part of getting a divorce. If you are dealing with an ex who wants to argue over marital property and debt, it helps to know what your rights are when it comes to dividing up the marital estate. First, you have to decide what the marital estate […]

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Custody arrangements and visitation schedules can be as unique as the parents trying to co-parent after a divorce. A child visitation schedule establishes when the children are under the care of each parent. It will outline specific drop-off and pickup times to avoid any confusion. A good child visitation schedule will also outline how holidays […]

Either party, or both parties, may request that the Court issue an alimony order as part of the terms of their Judgment of Divorce. Alimony is defined as support payments from a spouse who has an ability to pay, to a spouse who needs support. This is the last part in a three (3) part […]

Alimony is the payment made by one spouse, the “payor” spouse who must have the ability to pay, to the other “recipient” spouse who must need support in order to meet his/her basic needs.  One purpose of alimony is to allow both parties, post-divorce, to maintain the lifestyle the parties enjoyed during the marriage. This […]

When Is Someone In Contempt?

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Divorce

Contempt of court in Massachusetts family law cases is civil in nature and occurs when an individual is found to have deliberately failed to obey a court order or judgment. If an individual is found to be guilty of contempt, they could face a penalty. However, it isn’t always appropriate for one party to claim […]

Although most couples enter into marriage assuming the relationship will have longevity, sometimes that just isn’t the case. It is often the case in marriages that one spouse is more financially dependent on the other. Alimony is court-ordered support paid by one spouse to the other for a period of time after a divorce. Alimony is […]

One of the issues that arises when you are getting a divorce is child support. Child support is a parent’s court-ordered payment to help with the costs of raising a child. In Massachusetts, child support obligations normally last until the child turns 21 years old but can continue until he or she turns 23 or graduates from college, whichever occurs first.[1]The […]