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Somerville Massachusetts Recognizes Polyamorous Relationships

The city of Somerville, Massachusetts, has passed an ordinance making it one ofLaw 6.jpg the first cities in the nation to officially recognize polyamorous relationships. The city no longer limits the number of people included in a partnership.

Does Having Kids Before Massachusetts Marriage Increase Divorce Risk?

Maintaining a happy Massachusetts marriage after having a baby is hard. So hardDivorce 104.jpg, in fact, that millennials are increasingly forming families in reverse, opting to wed later in life and have children with one another long before they walk down the aisle. Until recently, such behavior was not only social taboo, it was thought to increase divorce risk. But now, a new study suggests that couples who have children together before getting married are no more likely to get divorced than couples who go about it the traditional way.

Fewer Massachusetts Marriages = Fewer Massachusetts Divorces

Have you heard that statistic that half of all marriages will end in divorce? It'sMarriage Proposal.jpg wrong. Even if that many marriages ever did disintegrate at one point, they don't now. Divorce is on the decline and has been since the 1980s in America (when that 50% divorce statistic took hold). Experts now put your chances of uncoupling at about 39% in the U.S. This sounds like such promising news. Families are sticking together! But in practice, this does not mean more people are living happily ever after. 

Child Support in Massachusetts: Does Income Affect Custody?

Raising a child in Massachusetts is expensive. Both parents share a duty toChild Support 10.jpg financially provide for their child, regardless of custody or parental rights. Likewise, every child has a right to financial support from his or her parents. While the court will consider many factors when making a decision on custody, income alone won't prevent a parent from getting custody of his or her child.

Fathers: Why You Need to Sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity

Whether you are in an unmarried partnership, are in the midst of a divorce, or areFather and son 1.jpg planning to re-marry in the near future and share a child with someone else, paternity establishment is important in Massachusetts. It ensures your rights as a parent are protected and that your child's rights are protected as well. Without establishing paternity, your child's medical and financial benefits might be at stake, and your parenting privileges can be compromised.

Love, Marriage and the Prenuptial Agreement in Massachusetts

Thumbnail image for Marriage 1.pngAlthough the topic of finances, including the division of the couple's assets in the event their marriage ends, may seem unromantic, it is incumbent upon the bride and groom to consider and discuss their financial future, particularly the need for a prenuptial agreement in Massachusetts.

Infographic: Marriage and Divorce Rates in Massachusetts

Both the marriage and divorce rates in Massachusetts are among the lowest in the country, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Over the past decade, the state's marriage rate has gradually decreased, from 6.2 percent in 2005 to 5.6 percent in 2014. The divorce rate, on the other hand, has increased, from 2.2 percent to 2.7 percent over that same period.

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