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How Can a Guardian ad Litem Help My Massachusetts Case

A guardian ad litem provides information and assistance to courts in disputesGuardian ad Litem.jpg relating to family or probate matters.

Can Child Support Be Modified Retroactively - Maybe?

Massachusetts law is clear that child support judgments are not subject toCan child support be modified.png retroactive modification expect with respect to any period during there is pending a complaint for modification.

Does Having a Criminal History Affect Child Custody in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, the degree to which the conduct of a parent can affect aCrime.jpgcustody 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.

Can I Withhold Parenting Time If the Other Parent Doesn't Pay Child Support in Massachusetts?

The unequivocal answer is "no." Under Massachusetts law, child support andFather - Son.jpg parenting time are separate matters and a parent's failure to pay child support is not a legal justification to deny or suspend visitation.

Do You Really Need To Hire a Massachusetts Divorce Attorney?

If you're facing a change in your marriage and family life, you're not alone in Massachusetts. TheDivorce 55.jpg best thing you can do is to find out what your options are, and learn how to protect yourself, your assets, and/or your children. One of the most common questions someone in this situation asks is, "Do I really need to hire an attorney to represent me?"

Divorced Parents in Massachusetts Should Agree on Discipline

The discipline of children is a frequent source of post-divorce litigation in Massachusetts. When Family Dispute.jpgdivorced parents have different opinions about how to manage their children's behavior, they often go to court expecting the court to approve one approach and forbid the other.

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.

I'm Not Quite Ready to Get a Divorce: Does Massachusetts Recognize Legal Separation?

Massachusetts.jpgSometimes parties decide to separate but are not ready to file for divorce in Massachusetts and officially end their marriage. The decision to separate rather than divorce can be based on a number of reasons such as the parties' desire to attempt to save their marriage, religious beliefs which prohibit divorce, or the parties' inability to afford to divorce at a particular time. People often ask whether during this time they can file for legal separation in Massachusetts.

Relocation of Children After Parents' Massachusetts Divorce May Lead to Long-Term Problems

If either parent is planning to relocate shortly after their Massachusetts divorce, bothRelocation.jpg parents are presented with a new set of challenges as the family wades through the transition.

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