Child support is a serious divorce legal issue. It is important to support a child's best interests, and paying child support can help cover his or her education, medical and every day needs. Though the court system attempts to reach a fair amount of payment which the owing parent should pay to the custodial parent, sometimes changed circumstances make it difficult or impossible for the owing parent to make full payments. In these instances, it may be possible to obtain a child support modification.
The decision to get divorced is almost always difficult to make, but it can be especially hard when children are involved. Many couples feel it is better for the children for the marriage to remain intact. While parents may think having both parents present in the household provides a stable, welcoming and comfortable home, the truth may be different.
Readers of this blog and those going through a divorce may know how difficult the process can be. Yet, even once marriage dissolution is finalized, financial issues may arise. Children must still be cared for and everyday expenses must be paid. For this reason, it is imperative a divorcing party seeks a resolution that protects his or her financial interests. Amongst these is alimony.
Readers of this blog are well aware of the complexities of divorce. Parting couples can fight over many different legal issues, such as child custody, child support, alimony and property division. These battles can be fraught with emotions, leaving the parties wishing the process was over. Therefore, when Massachusetts residents reach the resolution of their divorce, they often breathe a sigh of relief and try to forget the whole ordeal. But the ripple effects of the divorce may linger, and failing to address them could lead to serious consequences.
Readers of our Massachusetts family law blog are likely aware that the state adopted a new alimony law nearly two years ago. Hailed as model alimony reform, the law was meant to replace an old system tarnished with abuse. Its purpose was to prevent inequities, by doing largely away with life-long alimony payments and alimony in short-term marriages. Instead, the alimony reform was meant to encourage financial independence and grant spousal support on an as-need basis.
As readers of our Massachusetts family law blog may be aware, the divorce between reality star Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries has been finalized. The matter had previously been set to go to trial later this year, but the pair have been able to reach an agreement to avoid further litigation. The ongoing legal battle between the couple has been making headlines since they split following 72 days of marriage. Kardashian filed for divorce in October of 2011, and more than a year and a half of litigation has ensued. It is reported that Humphries, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, will not receive any money from Kardashian in the divorce settlement.
Actor Dennis Quaid has officially filed for divorce from his third wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid. The divorce filing came six weeks after Kimberly filed for legal separation from the actor. She originally filed for divorce in March of 2012, but later withdrew the request. Quaid is seeking joint custody of the couple's twins and is offering to pay Kimberly spousal support. In addition to his other ex-wife, Quaid was previously married to actress Meg Ryan. Quaid and Ryan were divorced in 2001, and have one son, Jack Quaid, of the "Hunger Games" fame.
There has recently been a growing rate of so-called "gray" divorces. According to a recent study, although the overall divorce rate is down, the rate of divorce between couples over 50 has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Issues in "gray" divorces are similar to those in the younger population. Division of marital property and debts and spousal support are often the biggest issues. A Worcester divorce lawyer can help navigate these issues to achieve the most optimal results for an individual's particular situation.
Along with the division of marital property and debts in a divorce, courts are often called upon to decide whether to award spousal support, also known as alimony, to the less well-off spouse. Unlike child support, courts have broad discretion in entering spousal support orders. With a Massachusetts divorce, courts make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Divorce can be expensive, especially if you have property and children, and your spouse does not agree to settle things amicably. Even if you do come to an agreement, you should always retain an attorney to look over the settlement agreement to ensure that your rights are protected within the terms of the settlement agreement.