Divorce & Family Law Blog

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 […]

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 […]

Amount of Alimony in Massachusetts

  • By: Karpenski & Schmelkin
  • Alimony

Either party, or both parties can request that the Court issue an alimony order as part of the terms of the Judgment of Divorce. Alimony is defined as support payments from a spouse who has an ability to pay to a spouse who is in need of support. This is the second part in a […]

Either party, or both parties in a divorce action can request that the Court issue an alimony order as part of the terms of the Judgment of Divorce. Alimony is defined as support payments from a spouse who has an ability to pay to a spouse who is in need of support. This is the […]

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 […]

Divorce can be hard on families with children, and one of the biggest issues that may arise is how to share parenting expenses. In general, child support covers the child’s food, clothing and shelter. However, the division of financial responsibilities can take a more difficult turn when extracurricular activities are considered, such as sports and […]