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Top 10 Questions New Clients Ask About Divorce

When we meet with a new client who is facing the possibility of a divorce or paternity action, we are asked many of the same questions about the process. In many aspects the divorce or paternity process will be the same, although there will be differences based upon the specific facts of the case and the personalities of parties and their attorneys. Below are ten of the most common questions that we receive from new clients on our initial meeting.

Rental Properties and Divorce

Rental properties are often considered a good long-term investment with potential for income each month from the tenants. However, during a Massachusetts divorce process, rental income can present problems. This is because the properties are assets that must be divided, and they are also sources of income that may be considered for support calculations.

Relocating With Children After Divorce

People are much more mobile today than they were just a few years ago. This frequently creates a situation post-divorce where the parent who is the primary caretaker of the children, or who has "physical custody," needs to relocate due to job opportunities, remarriage, or other family commitments. This will obviously affect the non-custodial parent and their parenting time, so how does the court handle this situation?

Family Law Matters Podcast™: Episode One

We are excited to publish Episode One of the Reade Law Firm Family Law Matters Podcast TM. This episode will provide an overview of what you can expect from our podcasts, the purpose of the podcasts, as well as an overview of the kinds of matters the family law attorneys at the Reade Law Firm handle on a regular basis. In the future, check back to the blog post for links and other resources that might be referenced during the Podcast. As with all of our blog posts, our podcasts and the information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be considered as legal advice for any particular case or set of circumstances. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to presenting the next one very soon!

Family Law Matters Podcast™ - Episode Two - Completing the Financial Statement

We are pleased to present Episode Two of our Family Law Matters Podcast, which relates to the article we recently posted discussing the Financial Statement, which is a document that is required of all parties in a family law proceeding within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We recommend that you download a blank financial statement so that you can follow along with our discussion, and you can find links to the financial statements on our prior blog post here. We hope you find the podcast informative, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Family Law Matters Podcast™ Three - Relocating from Massachusetts with Children After Divorce

In the third Family Law Matters TM Podcast, we discuss the difficult issue of relocating with children after the divorce. As we discussed in the previous article, this kind of situation is becoming more frequent, and we thought it was deserving of its own podcast discussion. No two cases are ever the same, and the court often struggles to find a solution to a problem that sometimes has no solution. The best approach to these cases is to present as many facts to the court as possible so that an informed decision can be reached. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any specific questions about your case.

Family Law Matters Podcast™ Four - Financial Concerns and Divorce

In this Podcast we welcome Michael Murray of Peabody Wealth Advisors. Mr. Murray is a financial planner and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, an Investment Advisor Representative, and Registered Representative of SII Investments, Inc.® In this Episode we discuss how divorce can be one of the most expensive decisions of a person's life, yet many don't consider serious financial concerns facing each side prior to making the decision to seek a divorce. The lack of planning can have serious consequences and can have a negative effect on a person's future, especially their retirement planning. Those who have been in longer marriages should be particularly concerned about the financial ramifications of a divorce.

Family Law Matters Podcast: How is my insurance affected by divorce?

When going through something as emotional as a divorce, it is easy to overlook some of the finer details of your lives such as insurance. In this Family Law Matters Podcast, insurance expert Kathryn Boudreau of Circle Insurance provides individuals some important information regarding different lines of insurance for individuals and businesses.

Family Law Matters Podcast Episode 6 -- Estate Planning and Divorce

In this Family Law Matters Podcast, estate planning attorney Bridget Murrayof Cannon Murray Law provides some important information regarding estate planning and how a divorce can affect your current estate plan, and what changes should immediately be made after divorce.

Determining Parental Rights in Lesbian Same-Sex Divorces in Massachusetts

In early 2004, Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world to legalize same-sex marriage when the Supreme Judicial Court held that it was unconstitutional to limit marriage to heterosexual couples under the Massachusetts Constitution (see, Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, 440 Mass 309 (2003)). Frequently when the marriage is between a lesbian couple, one of the partners seeks pregnancy through artificial insemination. This results in the birth of a child during the marriage, and both partners are listed on the birth certificate. Obviously the birth-mother has parental rights, but what of the other partner? Are any extra steps, such as adoption, necessary to solidify her standing as a legal parent of the child?

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