Being there isn't enough - a good Massachusetts dad is a present dad. That means savoring every moment with your child, putting away your smartphone, and living mindfully. Alas, like anything worthwhile, it takes practice. Lots of practice. "Presence is focusing on right now, rather than having your awareness on something in the future, or worrying about the past," marriage and family according to therapist David Klow. "It's training our minds to focus on the depth of the moment rather than fleeing to go somewhere else."
Updating or correcting your Massachusetts child support does not make you less of a father or mother; it just means you'll have more money to spend on your child in different ways. The child support guidelines have a formula that is based on a number of factors. And if your child support is too high or calculated incorrectly, you are actually doing your child a disservice. The entire point of child support is that it's supposed to make sure that your child is comfortable and, well, supported wherever they may be. If you're paying child support above and beyond the guidelines, then you cannot support your child the way that they require when they visit with you. To that end, here are some things to consider.
Service of U.S. state court paperwork is similar to serving on exclusive federal land - the Army, for example, will first ascertain whether the servicemember will voluntarily accept service. If not, the requesting party is advised that he/she must comply with the requirements of the host nation or Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters.
You might not be familiar with the term, but chances are either you or your Massachusetts friends are "guilty" of it. Sharenting refers to parents oversharing information and pictures of their children on social media. Sounds a little bit more familiar now, doesn't it? This infographic looks at sharenting and parenting so you can see what kind of parent you are.
The Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts have wide discretion in making child custody orders and thus the results are not predictable with any level of certainty. The courts are guided by a child's best interest in making an initial custody order. Courts make orders relative to physical custody and legal custody. The parties are encouraged to reach agreements between themselves without court intervention.
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.
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.
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.
A Massachusetts divorce can be a long process, with a lot of complicated feelings, but there's still a chance to avoid the worst acrimony of the situation, particularly when it comes to raising a child between two separate households. Introducing a child to the new reality of a two-home lifestyle is tricky. And doing so gracefully requires a strong foundation of cooperation between parents who've moved their separate ways.
Supervised parenting time allows parents to build healthy foundations for future relationships with their Massachusetts children, and offers opportunities for healing past issues in a safe environment. Because of the importance of supervised parenting time, parents may end up feeling as if their entire relationship with their children is riding on how these parenting times progress. It's no wonder that the hours, or even days, leading up to parenting time can be filled with fretting about what to do or what to say.