It's a common refrain: relationships in Massachusetts are hard work. Fights are normal and rough patches are par for the course.
A toxic relationship is a relationship characterized by behaviors on the part of the toxic partner that are emotionally and, not infrequently, physically damaging to their partner.
In recent years, the word "narcissist" has crept into the popular vernacular to mean someone who's conceited and excessively self-involved. But even though self-confidence can be expressed in a way that makes a person condescending and obnoxious, narcissism is something more. It is a real psychological disorder above and beyond being someone who's merely full of themselves.
The dissolution of a marriage in Massachusetts can be a frightening and stressful ordeal that many divorcing couples might not be emotionally equipped to handle on their own. Because emotions run high, even for the spouse who is seeking the break-up of the marriage, unresolved issues that led to a divorce often-times takes years to resolve. These problems are compounded when children are involved and add additional emotional issues that can led to severe complications for both parents and children.
Going through a Massachusetts divorce is never easy and with this in mind, you should take steps to prepare yourself and your children financially, legally and physically. Taking steps to protect yourself makes sense and could avoid a whole lot of pain at the same time. If your divorce is an amicable one, then these steps may not be so essential, but if you suspect that the divorce is going to be unpleasant or difficult, you need to ensure that you follow these guidelines.
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.