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.
How would you describe your Massachusetts marriage? If you are currently considering a Massachusetts military divorce, you might say "it's complicated." When one spouse is receiving military disability pay, you might think this makes the divorce process complicated as well. It can be difficult to understand how military disability pay factors into your divorce. However, by obtaining basic information about the division of disability pay, you may be able to eliminate the phrase "it's complicated" from your divorce vocabulary.
Social scientists have long acknowledged that women are more likely than men to initiate divorce. The trend continues steadily even with recent societal changes in gender relations, advances in women's opportunities and attitudes toward marriage itself.
One question that is frequently asked is whether someone can put his/her spouse out of the home without his/her consent. When spouses cannot get along and at least one party realizes that they are headed toward separation or divorce, this issue must be addressed sooner or later.
At the end of the day, the vast majority of divorces in Massachusetts result in an equal division of the marital estate (those assets and liabilities incurred, or accrued, during the marriage.
In Massachusetts, an engagement ring is considered a conditional gift, given on the condition that the couple gets married. The normal expectation is that if the engagement is broken and the wedding doesn't occur, then the ring will be returned.
People from all walks of life have criminal records. Some people have had a DUI. Others have had convictions for assault or theft. When these people get divorced, many of them wonder how their criminal record will impact their dissolution proceedings. Unfortunately, for purposes of this blog post the answer has to be that it depends. There are many circumstances that can impact how much weight and consideration the court will give a previous violation of the law when deciding on family law issues. Here are a few ways that your criminal record may affect your family law proceedings. As with all legal issues on this blog, it is best to speak with an attorney that knows the details of your case about how your criminal record may impact your dissolution proceedings.