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What to do when the other parent refuses visitation?

If you are in a situation where you are not together with your child's other parent and you are not the custodial parent, you may run into a time when he or she refuses to allow you to see your child. This can be quite devastating, but do know Massachusetts law is on your side even if it does not always feel like it.

According to The Spruce, most of the reasons why your child's other parent may deny you visitation are not going to stand up in court. Courts will generally deny visitation if they feel the child would be in danger in some way by being under your supervision. You cannot be denied visitation for not paying child support. Support and visitation are two different issues under the law.

How can I cope with a difficult spouse during a divorce?

Sometimes you get lucky and your Massachusetts divorce goes smoothly and quickly. You and your spouse agree easily and there is no fighting. However, that is not always the norm. Often, you will end up dealing with a spouse who is difficult. He or she may not agree to anything you want or may seem to fight you at every turn. This can make for a difficult divorce.

According to the Huffington Post, a difficult spouse can drag out a divorce, costing you a lot more time and money than should be necessary. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get through the process more smoothly and minimize the stress. 

Looking at the bright side of divorce

Often, when people think about or discuss divorce, negativity is associated with their thoughts and comments. While divorce can certainly be difficult, especially for those who are unable to secure an outcome in their favor, there may be benefits associated with the divorce process for certain people as well. For example, someone in an abusive relationship might be able to find peace and safety, while someone who simply was not happy in the marriage might feel a sense of freedom.

There are times when people decide not to pursue a divorce because they feel as if the decision to split up will be too hard on the kids, or cost too much money. Sometimes, people simply think that their lives are too busy and that they cannot make time for ending their marriage. Unfortunately, this can, in some instances, lead to a viscous cycle and a sense of being trapped.

Child support and various college issues

On this blog, many child support matters have been looked over, such as the penalties for falling behind and ways to make payments more manageable. However, there are other topics that may be especially relevant to you, depending on the details of your life or your child's life. For example, college could have an impact on your child support payments in various ways. It is essential to look at your situation from an individualized standpoint and at Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, our law office knows how critical it is for you to focus on any unique aspects of your case.

For many people who pay child support, college is of particular concern. They may wonder if they will be required to continue paying child support if their child is enrolled in college, and how their child's decision to pursue a higher education could affect their requirements. In addition, non-custodial parents may want to help pay for some or all of their child's college tuition or help with other expenses, such as food, textbooks, or living costs. Furthermore, a parent may decide to return to college, which can place financial strain on their budget. Covering tuition and buying textbooks for their classes could lead to financial problems.

Can visitation be adjusted for extracurricular activities?

It can be very difficult to manage the children's schedules when you are divorced and trying to maintain visitation in Massachusetts. Things can get even trickier once extracurricular activities come into play. Dealing with busy schedules can affect your normal visitation, but to ensure your children can participate in the activities they enjoy, you must find a way to manage. 

Divorce Magazine notes that you need to tackle your children's schedules and visitation together as a team with the children's other parent. As you have probably heard, it is important to allow children to follow their normal schedules following a divorce. However, having two households makes things harder, especially if your children are involved in multiple activities. 

How can you make the holidays easier after divorce?

You probably had to deal with a lot of issues after your Massachusetts divorce when it came to helping the kids adjust. Depending on their ages, your children may not have understood what was happening or they may have been quite upset. In time, they may have adjusted, but then along come the holidays. Getting through the first holiday season after a divorce can be tough, but there are things you can do to make it easier.

The Huffington Post suggests starting with a solid holiday plan. You have to work with your children's other parent to create a schedule that works for everyone. Coordinating each household and extended family plans can be hard, but working it out far ahead of time can ease stress and allow the kids to adjust to any changes in the normal routine.

What is the Treasury Offset Program?

When it comes to child support and other aspects of family law, there are many consequences associated with failing to fulfill one's obligations. Moreover, some people may not realize how certain laws and programs, such as the Treasury Offset Program, can upend their lives if they fall behind on child support or even spousal support duties. Unfortunately, falling behind on these obligations can lead to a series of financial difficulties and other problems that may have a significant impact on one's life.

The Internal Revenue Service states that the Treasury Offset Program reduces refunds due to overpayment and offsets refunds for those who have fallen behind on child support, spousal support, or other types of financial obligations. This program, which is operated by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, sends notices to those whose tax refunds are offset because of failure to pay child support or spousal support. For those who do not receive the full amount of their tax refund, additional financial uncertainty and challenges may ensue.

Should I worry about identity theft after divorce?

Various concerns may arise after ending a marriage, whether they involve childcare responsibilities or marital property. Having said that, those which are financial in nature can be especially difficult, from spousal support responsibilities to child support. Furthermore, some people may fall victim to identity theft at the hands of their former spouse, who may have access to accounts or key details about a person’s identity. If you are concerned about your former spouse stealing your identity, whether you have already divorced or are in the early phases of the process, it is vital to protect yourself.

Identity theft can become a serious problem that wreaks financial havoc. From draining accounts to opening credit cards in another person’s name, it’s unfortunate that some people have decided to destroy their former spouse’s life in this manner. People may choose to steal their ex’s information for various reasons. In some instances, someone may be facing financial hardships after their marriage has come to an end, while others may be seeking revenge. Either way, identity theft is a serious matter that must be addressed properly. Regrettably, this is a reality for some people who have gone through a divorce or have struggled with other family law issues.

Child support for children over age 18

It is somewhat of a myth that when a person has a child, the obligation to raise that child only lasts until he or she is 18 years old. Most parents in Massachusetts would agree this is entirely false. Many parents take care of their children, financially, long after they turn 18. With that in mind, the state has set guidelines for child support beyond this age. 

According to Mass.gov, a court can order child support up to the age of 23. This varies greatly from case to case and it is completely up to the court. A court may order continuing child support if the child is still in high school after turning 18 or if the child remains at home after reaching this age. Support may also be ordered to help pay for college costs. There is a cap on secondary education costs, though. No parent will be required to pay more than half the costs. 

What should you do with marriage mementos after a divorce?

After a divorce in Massachusetts, you may feel like everything is done and finished, but there are loose ends to tie up. One thing you may need to deal with are mementos from your wedding. In a high asset divorce situation, you may have handled some of the more expensive items, such as the rings and major wedding gifts, but there are still the sentimental things you have to deal with. Should you throw them out?

According to the Huffington Post, it is a good idea to not be to too quick to trash everything and to avoid acting out in the residual anger from the divorce when making decisions. If you have children, you may want to save the things. Just because the marriage didn't work for you, it is still an important moment of their lives. They may want some of the items, such as your wedding dress and shoes.

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