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July 2012 Archives

Some advocate for increased waiting periods in divorce

Boston family law observers might be interested in a recent article discussing the state of the institution of marriage and the rate of divorce in the U.S. today. According to figures from the U.S. Census, men in 1960 divorced at a rate of 1.8 percent, while the figure for women was 2.8 percent.

Former gubernatorial candidate could face difficult divorce

Boston residents likely remember Christy Mihos, who twice made unsuccessful attempts to become governor of Massachusetts in 2006 and 2010. Mihos and his wife are currently in the process of obtaining a divorce, which could be a highly-charged process given some details that have come out recently about the couple.

Holmes and Cruise reach settlement in high asset divorce

Divorce proceedings between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have come to a speedy conclusion. Less than two weeks after Holmes filed for divorce, the couple reached a settlement that surprised many with its quickness. This shows that even in complicated, high-asset divorces, a settlement can be reached if the couple is willing to work together to resolve their issues.

The uncertain landscape of same-sex divorce in Massachusetts

Not every marriage lasts, and as more and more same-sex couples tie the knot, we are beginning to see the emergence of a relatively new family law phenomenon: gay divorce. In states like Massachusetts, where gay marriage is recognized, divorcing same-sex couples will have to face the many issues that come with a legal separation. But because of the current status of the law, same-sex divorce is unique in a few respects that make it more difficult on the partners.

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