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June 2013 Archives

Iverson's ex-wife files suit for serious child custody violation

Former NBA star Allen Iverson played for Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers, winning many awards over the course of his career until he retired in 2010. He was also divorced that year from his wife and the mother of his five children, but it appears he won't be winning any awards for positive co-parenting this year.

Group of women leaders seeks gender equity in child custody

A somewhat surprising group of women with national prominence has founded a new family law advocacy group called Leading Women for Shared Parenting, or LW4SP, with the goal of bringing greater gender equity to child custody and parenting time decisions in family courts. The national, invitation-only group, which includes such diverse woman as a former president of the National Organization for Women and the ultra-conservative Phyllis Schlafly, was founded last month here in Massachusetts and plans to hold its official launch on Father's Day.

States ponder Massachusetts-style end to permanent alimony

In 2012, Massachusetts family law changed. The legislature ended the practice of awarding permanent alimony in virtually all cases. Instead, the new law sets up a number of factors to be considered when courts weigh alimony requests.

Don't spend all those marital assets at one time

People in Massachusetts may have seen a recent self-help article about the temptation that people may feel to go out and spend a bunch of money on things to make them feel better during or after a divorce. In short, the moral of the story is this: don't do it! While the beginning of a new life is something to celebrate, people need to be careful to keep their finances in order, since adjusting to a new budget and new circumstances is not always an easy thing.

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