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Social media problems and divorce

In recent years, social media usage has skyrocketed. Now, many people are connected to friends, family members, and even strangers online and it has become very easy to share information. Unfortunately, some people choose to share information that can harm others, including themselves. If you are in the middle of a divorce, it is a good idea to be aware of the different ways that social media could influence the outcome of your case. We know all too well how social media behavior can affect families and believe that those working through family law matters should be careful with regard to what they share on the internet.

On the one hand, you could be upset by something your spouse decided to say about you on a social networking site. For example, they may have said something that was not true but you believe could be harmful to your reputation. On the other hand, you may feel like posting something on your page, but you should be cautious about what you say, since it could affect your case. Furthermore, some couples have even decided to terminate their marriage because of infidelity or other issues that arose from the use of social media.

Divorce and your child's college education

There are many facets of divorce to consider, especially if you have children. From child support to custody, it is vital to prepare for the different ways that ending your marriage could change your child's life. In fact, even if you have an older child who is already in college or preparing for college, your decision to divorce could affect them in different ways. As a parent, it is important to be prepared to help your child and understand your responsibilities.

For starters, your divorce settlement might address college expenses and the obligations of you and your child's other parent. Even if your child is very young, these arrangements could have an impact on your finances when they enroll in college in the future. Sometimes, child support payments are no longer required once a child turns 18. On the other hand, some parents are obligated to continue making child support payments when their adult child is in college. You may also be going through challenges related to the college your child is considering attending, whether you wish to encourage them to apply at a specific institution or disagree with the school they have chosen.

Handling a serious illness during divorce

There are many different factors that can make family law matters and the divorce process more complicated, some of which have been discussed on this blog. For example, with children returning to school and questions that arise during the holidays, certain times of year can present additional divorce-related concerns for people in Boston and across Massachusetts. Unfortunately, if you are suffering from a serious illness, you may find that the divorce process seems even more challenging. However, it is essential to do what you can to prevent your illness from creating additional challenges due to negative outcomes in the courtroom.

There is a myriad of ways that illnesses can interfere with divorce, which you might be all too familiar with. For example, you could be losing sleep, required to take medications that make you drowsy, feeling under the weather, or struggling with emotions such as anxiety and depression. However, if you are in the process of ending your marriage, it is vital to focus on putting your best foot forward and doing what you can to achieve a favorable outcome. Even though an illness can make daily life hard, you should still try to keep a positive demeanor and carefully go over any details that will be relevant to your case.

Understanding the importance of communication during divorce

When it comes to the end of a marriage, many different challenges can rear their heads. For example, a couple may find themselves involved in a contentious standoff or people may worry that they will lose property they care about or their ability to visit their children. However, our law firm knows that there are certain ways that people going through a divorce may be able to make things easier, in certain instances. For example, some families in Boston could find value in communicating with each other, especially if children are involved.

We know that communication is not an option for everyone, especially for those who are not on speaking terms or trying to recover from domestic violence. However, when it is a good idea for couples to talk with each other or their children, effective communication can be instrumental. Not only can discussing divorce issues with each other potentially clear up confusion and prevent unnecessary conflict from arising, but it may also be able to ease concerns. If you have children, it is crucial for you to do what you can to reduce the strain that your divorce could potentially have on them.

Going over some pros and cons of joint custody

Divorce often leads to different types of hurdles, from strong emotions to financial issues. Unfortunately, this can be especially true when it comes to child custody. If you are going through a dispute or are unsure of what will happen when you split up with your spouse, our law firm knows how difficult this topic can be. For parents in Boston, Massachusetts, it is vital to go over the ins and outs of their different options. For example, if you are interested in pursuing joint custody, you should familiarize yourself with some of the pros and cons of this arrangement.

From a shared sense of responsibility to less hostility and lower stress, joint custody can be advantageous for different reasons. Moreover, a child's parents may find that joint custody allows them to cooperate easier while allowing children to be influenced and grow up with each parent. On the other hand, joint custody may create certain challenges, in some cases. For example, some parents might try to evade certain responsibilities by having the other parent take care of important matters. Or, a child may feel as if he or she is being shuttled around too much and living an unstable life.

Reviewing challenges that interfere with spousal support

During and after the divorce process, there are various challenges that can make life difficult, such as disagreements related to custody or the way that marital property is split up. However, spousal support can be challenging as well, especially if you run into financial hardships later on. Our law firm can understand the stress that you may be going through if you are not able to make your spousal support payments on time and the multitude of reasons why this problem can arise.

There are various reasons why you may not be able to pay spousal support or why you may believe that the amount you owe should be reduced. For example, you may have found yourself out of work after your job was terminated. Or, perhaps your former spouse has recently seen a significant increase in their income. If you are experiencing financial hardships due to job loss, having your hours cut or a medical condition you are suffering from, you might be able to have your spousal support order modified.

Tips for smart social media use amid divorce

If you are going through a Massachusetts divorce, you might be tempted to try your luck at online dating, or to meet people through other means and then share your adventures, and possibly, images, online. Until that divorce is finalized, however, you may be remiss to do so, as the things you do online can come back to haunt you in the courtroom. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, we have a firm understanding of the ways your online actions can affect your divorce, and we have helped many clients navigate these and other complexities relating to their separations.

Divorces can take time, but Huffington Post reports that your actions online have the capacity to affect everything from child custody and support to alimony. Therefore, is critical that you think before you act, post, share or otherwise initiate electronic contact until your marriage officially ends.

Looking at some child support misconceptions

Sometimes, non-custodial parents and custodial parents have certain misconceptions about child support and other family law matters. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can have disastrous consequences. For example, if you are obligated to provide your child's other parent with child support payments, you may face harsh consequences if you fail to make all of your payments in full and on time. Our law firm understands the stress that parents in this position may face across Massachusetts and we believe it may be helpful to shed light on some common misconceptions parents may have with regard to child support.

Sometimes, non-custodial parents may think that they do not need to pay child support if the custodial parent agrees. Or, a parent may think that because their child has reached the age of 18 years old, they no longer need to make payments, even though child support obligations can extend beyond the time a child turns 18, in certain circumstances. Moreover, some people who are required to pay child support may assume that they are no longer obligated to make payments solely because they were laid off, without taking steps to modify the child support order.

Changing your Massachusetts child support order

If you live in Massachusetts and are currently paying or receiving child support, a situation may arise when you want to try to modify the amount payed or received. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, we have a firm understanding of the various circumstances that might warrant a change to an existing child support order, and we have helped many clients navigate the process associated with doing so.

First, it is important to understand the reasons a court might recognize for issuing a change to your child support order. Per Mass.gov, you may be able to pursue a child support modification if a substantial change in circumstances has occurred. This might refer to a job loss, a demotion that leads to a lower salary, the child moving from the home or one parent to the other and so on.

Back-to-school time and ending your marriage

For parents, the time of year when their children return to school can be challenging for different reasons. If you have a child who is getting ready for school start back up, you may be dealing with some of these hurdles yourself, such as buying school supplies, buying clothes, and trying to talk with your child about how their daily life will change. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, our Massachusetts law firm also understands the ways that divorce can be particularly difficult for parents during this time of year.

There are various things you may want to keep in mind when it comes to ending your marriage and the impact it may have on your child. For example, during school season, children may feel even more stressed out. As a result, you should try to communicate properly with your child, address any concerns they have, and provide answers to their questions. By understanding how your child sees your divorce and taking their point of view into consideration, you may be able to make the transition easier for them.

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