Divorce & Family Law Blog

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 […]

Your divorce decree may include child custody, visitation, spousal, or child support orders. Intentionally refusing to comply with one or more of these orders is an act of contempt of court. One way to enforce a court order after a violation has occurred is by filing a complaint for contempt asking the court to enforce […]

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’ circumstances […]

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 […]