Choosing to dissolve your marriage in Massachusetts is never an easy thing to do. But sometimes things go so bad that you're left with no other option but to part ways. Both the partners tie the knot with many plans and hope to spend the rest of their life together, making a home and a family. At times, all of these plans go in vain when irreconcilable differences arise between the couple.
Whether there for a Massachusetts divorce hearing or to handle a custody agreement, Massachusetts family court is a charged and emotional situation for everyone involved. It makes sense: in that room, a decision will likely be made that will drastically change the course of our life.
As if married people in Massachusetts don't have enough to worry about, a study suggests that the divorce of a friend or close relative dramatically increases the chances that you too will divorce.
Stepparent adoption in Massachusetts is the legal process of creating a legal parent-child status between those who lack the biological parent-child relationship. Once an adoption is finalized, the adoptive parent and child have the same rights and obligations as if the child was born to him/her.
Scientific research confirms that most people in Massachusetts who smoke marijuana before they have kids still occasionally get high after they become parents. But for parents in the throes of a divorce or paternity action, moderate, responsible, and even legal pot use represents a very real hazard. Despite shifting cultural and legal norms, marijuana consumption can and does come up in custody negotiations in Massachusetts.
When a Massachusetts marriage breaks up, fairness is usually the last thing on either former partners' mind. Spite can make a partner lash out and claw for whatever they can grab. That prevents couples from fairly dividing property and sensibly planning for their post marriage lives and drags out an excruciating divorce.
A Massachusetts divorce for some, it means liberation. For others, loss. For women in particular, the doubling of the divorce rate for the 50-plus crowd since the 1990s can mean something far more prosaic: a need to shoulder the big financial decisions they'd let their spouses deal with when they were married.
Massachusetts fathers are spending more time caring for their children than they did a half-century ago. Still, most (63%) say they spend too little time with their kids and a much smaller share (36%) say they spend the right amount of time with them, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in August and September 2017.
The share of U.S. children living with an unmarried parent has more than doubled since 1968, jumping from 13% to 32% in 2017. That trend has been accompanied by a drop in the share of children living with two married parents, down from 85% in 1968 to 65%. Some 3% of children are not living with any parents, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.