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Can I Make Him Visit Our Massachusetts Children?

No, you cannot "make" someone visit or spend parenting time with their children,Parenting 4.jpg but you can incentivize, motivate and encourage. One motivation technique or incentive Massachusetts divorce lawyers often employ is to craft the agreement, or court order such that if a visiting parent misses their scheduled visit, they pay the costs for the custodial parent to have a babysitter for that time period or to pay lost wages. Of course that is a negative incentive, sometimes positive ones like perhaps offering to be flexible with the times or to do the work for them (like to plan a birthday or holiday party and let the other parent come enjoy it without having to prepare, contribute or clean up. No, it is not fair. But it may give the children a chance to see the other parent.

Where Does All That Massachusetts Child Support Money Go?

You'd be surprised. A lot of people hand over a pretty big chunk of change eachChildren Hands.jpg and every month to someone who gets it tax-free. That's right, the recipient of child support gets the money tax-free. On a related note, the person paying does not get to write it off their taxes.

How to Prepare For a Hostile Massachusetts Divorce

Every year, thousands of Massachusetts couples make the difficult decision to getDivorce 63.jpg a divorce. While some divorces can be a seamless transition into a new life for both partners, some divorces can be contested. Divorce  settlements are routinely complicated by issues such as child custody, alimony, and division of property.

If You Do One Thing For Your Massachusetts Kids, Plan For Your Death

Definitions of a "good Massachusetts father" are as varied as there are goodEstate Planning 4.jpgfathers, but one thing everyone agrees with is that a good father is a responsible person. A father takes care of his children and keeps, to the best of his abilities, the world around his children in working order. Responsibility is the backbone of parenting, and in a society such as ours, where definitions of masculinity are entwined with notions of leadership and authority, a father is expected to leave no loose ends, nothing overlooked.

Parental Guidance: 15 Things to Give Up to Be a Happy Massachusetts Parent

You want to be a happy Massachusetts parent but your countless responsibilitieFamily 40.jpgs make this goal challenging. Don't lose hope just yet.

Is "Phubbing" Hurting Your Massachusetts Marriage?

What Is Phubbing and Why Is It So Damaging to a Massachusetts Marriage?

Phones and the social media and games and apps they contain are basicallyOn the Phone.jpg dopamine slot machines, designed to keep people scrolling, liking, commenting, email-checking, and Fortniting. The major thing they distract from? Relationships. In fact, the stranglehold that devices have on relationships has become so great it's even been given its own name: "phubbing." A portmanteau of "phone" and "snubbing," the term is fairly self-explanatory and illustrates the nature of the problem pretty well. After all, a snub is a rude and dismissive gesture and the fact that couples are using the term to describe their partner's choice of their device over quality time says a lot. While the term seems cutesy, Phubbing is basically relationship-napalm. One recent study found that the behavior actually facilitates relationship dissatisfaction on an almost-subconscious level by creating emotional distance between romantic partners.

Anger Management Classes in Massachusetts: What To Look For When You're Looking for Help

Anger is a perfectly natural emotion, and a primitive one as well. It's a fight orAnger 3.jpg flight response - something that our minds and bodies need in order to tell us when we're unsafe. One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is to treat anger as something unnatural.

3 Pillars For Becoming A Present, Conscious Massachusetts Father For Your Children

Ask 10 people what they think a good Massachusetts father is, and you willFather with children.jpg probably get 10 different answers with some similarities. Ask those same people what they desired most from their father, and you may see a strong connection between what they desired and how they now define a good father.

How To Make Your Massachusetts Divorce Less Tough on Your Kids

Making the decision to divorce in Massachusetts your partner is not something thatDivorce 142.jpg should be done lightly, especially when there are children involved. On the other hand, unhappy couples should not stay together solely for the sake of the children.

What Massachusetts Children Need Most When Their Parents Divorce

When parents go through a Massachusetts divorce, children's psychological needsChildren 27.jpg greatly increase as they live in the middle of an emotional and perhaps economic roller coaster filled with guilt, fear and confusion.

9 Strategies For Making A Blended Family Blend in Massachusetts

Is your blended family just like The Brady Bunch? Probably not, because it's notFamily 25.jpgeasy to combine two Massachusetts families into a new unit. Welcoming a new spouse brings with it an explosion of stress-inducing newness, with new stepchildren, new rules, new demands, new religious practices and more. Though you'll have extra challenges as a blended family, creating a lovely, peaceful home is attainable.

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