As you may know, the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines were recently revised after a standard review that takes place every four years. The new guidelines just went into effect on Aug. 1.
The story of a man who has been jailed at least eight times in the past two years over non-payment of alimony appears to have struck nerves nationwide. The man was making $1 million a year as an investment portfolio manager at the time of his divorce, and his total child support and lifetime alimony payment was set at nearly $100,000 a year. Shortly after the divorce, however, the economy tanked and he lost his job. After forking over all of his savings, he couldn’t keep up. Jail has became routine for him.
Back in 2010, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch was at the height of her fame. She was also in love, and in June of that year she and her girlfriend, a clinical psychologist, were married here in Massachusetts. The couple then registered as domestic partners in California, their main state of residence. To many of her fans’ dismay, however, Lynch announced earlier this summer that she has filed for divorce in California.
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.
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.
When people in Massachusetts think about divorce, generally the first things that come to mind are all negative. While it may not always be a pretty process, getting a divorce can often prove more positive than the alternatives.
A recent article noted a divorce case that has been pending for more than four years. Most divorces happen much quicker than this, but the state in which the couple now resides does not recognize same-sex marriage or divorce, so these two men might be waiting for much longer for the state court to acknowledge their separation.
A recent Boston Globe article about antiquated Massachusetts state laws has some interesting historical tidbits about laws that have long since been abandoned but still remain on the books. But it turns out these so-called antiquated laws could in fact have serious implications in many people's lives, and a growing number of lawmakers are now considering how to address the issue.
As the presidential race pulls into the home stretch, the names Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are pretty much inescapable. But few people could have predicted that one candidate's testimony from a 1988 Massachusetts divorce proceeding would be the subject of media headlines.
Does geography play a role in whether a marriage fails or succeeds? Massachusetts residents may be interested to know that the rate of divorce in many northeastern states was lower than the national average in 2011. A study of the population of these states shows there are measurable factors that may help explain why people in these areas have a seemingly higher rate of marital success.