The division of property is a major element of a Massachusetts divorce case. Real estate often times is the most significant piece of property to be dealt with during divorce proceedings. If real estate owned by the parties during the marriage is assigned to one of the spouses as part of a divorce settlement or decree, a quitclaim deed typically is the instrument used to transfer that property interest.
Record numbers of children in Massachusetts are being born out of wedlock, but few parents stop to understand the legal implications. Sociologists suggest the increased numbers of children being born out of wedlock is caused by an American attitude that marriage is less important than it once was.
In Massachusetts, the degree to which the conduct of a parent can affect acustody award depends on many factors, and goes beyond whether or not a parent has a criminal conviction. Certain serious felonies and domestic violence weigh heavily against awarding custody, but evidence of parental fitness may overcome this.
Massachusetts family law attorneys need to draft parenting plans with the utmost care to make sure that uncertainty and ambiguity don't undermine the best intentions. A court-ordered parenting plan governs how parents will share the "care, custody and management of their child." What goes into a plan is often the result of extensive negotiations and mediation.
The Service members Civil Relief Act provides for a mandatory stay of at least ninety days upon a proper request by a qualifying servicemember "the court may on its own motion and shall, upon application by the servicemember, stay the action for a period of not less than 90 days, if certain conditions are met.
In today's world of blended families, adoption of a child by a step-parent in Massachusetts has become common as parents strive to form cohesive and stable family units.
The unequivocal answer is "no." Under Massachusetts law, child support and parenting time are separate matters and a parent's failure to pay child support is not a legal justification to deny or suspend visitation.