Divorce & Family Law Blog

What to Do if Spouse Refuses to Pay Child Support. 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 […]

How does DCF effect your divorce?

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Divorce

How does DCF effect your divorce? Divorce can be an intense, stressful process, especially if there are children involved. In some situations, there may be allegations of abuse or neglect by a parent on a minor child or children. Though any allegations of this nature are serious, there must be actual evidence that the child […]

Bankruptcy and Your Divorce

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Divorce

Bankruptcy and Your Divorce It can be a stressful process when couples are divorcing even under the best of circumstances. When other factors are thrown into the process, such as one party filing or wanting to file bankruptcy, it can make things more complicated. Most often individuals consider filing for bankruptcy when they can no […]

In Massachusetts, couples can either file for an uncontested or a contested divorce. The facts of each case will depend on which filing is appropriate: Uncontested Divorce Whenever the parties can agree on all issues prior to either party filing a Complaint for Divorce, the parties may request (called a “petition”) that the Court accept […]

Dealing with Pets During Divorce

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Divorce

During a divorce, there are many issues that may arise. One issue that is becoming more present during a divorce is who retains the pet after the divorce is final. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pets are considered property subject to an equitable division. Understanding Pet “Visitation Rights” in Massachusetts If parties are fighting over […]

Different Types of Alimony

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Alimony

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 […]

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 […]

In Massachusetts divorce or child custody cases, a party may ask the Court to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to investigate, make recommendations and offer solutions that would be in the “best interests of a child(ren)” regarding custody, parenting plans, and relocation of the minor child(ren). The Guardian Ad Litem’s Investigation A Guardian Ad […]

Understanding Alimony Deviations

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Alimony

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 […]

Duration of Alimony in Massachusetts

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Alimony

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 […]