It seems the ripple effect of coronavirus has infected everything, and divorcing Massachusetts individuals are not immune. The most apparent impact is that most, if not all, courthouses are closed except for emergencies. This may delay your divorce, along with applications for temporary support and custody. There are other less obvious issues as well. Here are six areas you need to re-assess when going through a divorce, along with actions to prepare and protect yourself.
When the Massachusetts court enters an order, all parties named in the order are required to comply with its terms. Your divorce settlement likely included a few orders, such as a parenting plan, a property division order, a child support order, and a spousal maintenance order. Willfully refusing to comply with one or more of these orders is an act of contempt of court. It is important to note that in order for an action to be contempt of court, the offender must willfully, knowingly violate his or her court order. Failure to comply with a court order for reasons beyond the individual's control is not contempt of court.
After a Massachusetts divorce, your relationship with your children may be strained. These strains are sometimes fed by the parent with residential custody, but can also stem from extended time apart or a shortage of time to spend with your children. In these instances, some parents seek the family court's assistance in requiring their children to attend counseling with them.
A common misconception is that the only "happy families" are two parents, still married and living together under one roof. However, each family is unique and it's completely possible to be divorced and raise happy, well-rounded and healthy children.