Divorce & Family Law Blog

Custody and Visitation Basics During the initial divorce process, custody of the minor children of the marriage must be decided. Ideally, the parents are able to agree on the terms of custody and visitation in a Parenting Plan. If the parents are unable to agree, the court will need to decide the terms. There are […]

The terms of a divorce often require one party to pay alimony and/or child support to the other party. If you are the party paying support, you may be looking at making those payments for years to come. What happens though if your former spouse remarries? Does that remarriage affect your alimony and/or child support obligation? The answer […]

How Living Together Affects Custody of Children from a Prior Marriage While living together outside of marriage was once considered socially unacceptable, it is now very much the norm. The majority of couples cohabitate prior to marriage and many couples never choose to legally marry. If you have children from a prior marriage, however, you […]

Adoption can enlarge an existing family or create a brand-new one. The adoption process itself, however, can be plagued with legal obstacles and hurdles that can cause stress and anxiety for prospective parents. While adoption was once only an option for married couples, state laws have changed in recent years to reflect the societal changes […]

Grandparent Rights in Massachusetts Grandparent visitation issues arise when one or both parents and the grandparent(s) do not agree on the amount of contact, if any, between the grandparent and grandchild. A parent’s decision whether or not to allow visitation between a grandparent and a grandchild is a parental decision that is presumed valid and […]

Going through the legal process of divorce is rarely easy. When a minor child is involved, the likelihood of a divorce becoming contentious increases significantly when the parents do not agree on the issue of custody. What about the child’s wishes? Does the child have a voice when the parents cannot agree on custody? In […]

When the parents of a child decide to end their marriage, the law imposes a continuing obligation on both parents to financially support the child until he/she reaches adulthood. Because divorce often results in a significant change in financial status for both party’s post-divorce, the law also allows one party to request alimony from the […]

According to the most recent U.S. Census, about six million children under 18 are being raised by grandparents. If you are one of the 2.7 million grandparents who is currently caring for a grandchild, or who wishes to take over the care of a grandchild, it is imperative that you understand how to become your […]

When parents are divorcing, one of the most sensitive issues to be resolved is that of custody of the child or children of the marriage. This dynamic plays out in nearly every divorce and can cause significant problems that often last well after the divorce becomes final. Unmarried parents who have children go through different […]

Most often parenting schedules are established when both parties are living in the same state. But what happens when one parent has to move out of state? Modifying a parenting schedule is challenging when two parties can’t agree on the terms. Trying to work this out on your own is a great first step, as […]