Posts Tagged ‘divorce’

History of Divorce Rates in the U.S.

In conversations where we describe our family law representation and mediation, we periodically hear that business must be great because of the skyrocketing divorce rate.  It comes as a surprise when we explain that the divorce rate is declining, and…

Same-Sex Marriages and Prenuptial Agreements

With the Supreme Court ruling that states must permit same-sex marriages to occur and to recognize existing same-sex marriages performed in other states, there rises the question of how courts in states that now recognize same-sex marriages will handle same-sex divorces. Massachusetts…

Do Courts Really Favor Mothers over Fathers?

One unfortunate assumption about the divorce process is that judges are predisposed to favoring mothers over fathers. When it comes to determining both legal and physical custody of children in Massachusetts (for more on the difference between the two, click here),…

Mediating Custom-Tailored Support

Recently, Attorney Eaton co-presented at the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council’s Advanced Forum, “Money Talks: What Does it Say & What Does it Really Mean?”, on the subject of child support, alimony, and unallocated support. When divorcing couples are faced with…

What is Rule 410 Mandatory Self-Disclosure?

In complaints for divorce or separate support in Massachusetts, each spouse is required to disclose certain documentation to the other.  This requirement may be waived by agreement, but if not, each spouse must disclose the following to the other: federal and…

Changing Your Last Name

Some, after getting married, change their last name to that of their new spouse.  If there is a later divorce, that decision can be undone through the divorce process, and the judge can change someone’s last name back if they…

Divorce Rate in the United States

50% of marriages end in divorce.   The above statistic is tossed around so frequently that it has become accepted as truth.  But is it accurate? According to divorcepad.org, the divorce rate for first marriages is 41%.  For second marriages,…

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