When it comes to any child custody case, the most significant factor a court must consider is the child’s best interest. Parental fitness—the ability to care for a child and provide a safe and secure home environment—significantly impacts which parent can be awarded child custody. Massachusetts family courts operate under the assumption that it is
Child Support Orders Are Not Set in Stone You have been consistent and timely in your child support payments. You follow the custody agreement down to the minute without fail. You did everything in your power to make the process of divorce as smooth as possible for your children emotionally and materially. But now you
Creating picture-perfect holiday family memories is no doubt stressful. But what happens when your picture-perfect family has split apart? While this time of year is already met with immense anxiety, the added pressures of going through a divorce can be downright excruciating. We get it. The holidays may indeed look a little different for those
When a marriage ends, the divorcing couple must decide how to divide the marital assets. Unless otherwise outlined in a pre-or post-nuptial agreement, all assets acquired during the marriage are considered marital assets under Massachusetts divorce law. This includes money as well as personal property, stocks, real estate, debt, and business interests. The division of
A non-biological, non-adoptive parent who has acted in a parental role may be considered a de facto parent. As defined by the Massachusetts courts, a de facto parent is “one who has no biological relation to the child but has participated in the child’s life as a member of the child’s family. The de facto
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