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Financial planning is essential when remarrying

Many people whose first marriages end in divorce want to give it a second chance, and even a third. However, the chances of divorce increase with each subsequent marriage. Roughly two-thirds of second marriages end in divorce, while nearly three-fourths of third marriages don't last.

For some people, the second or third marriage is the charm. That's when they finally find their soulmate. However, when you remarry, it's more important than ever to do some careful planning to protect your financial assets and your responsibilities to your children and other family members. This means getting a prenuptial agreement as well as doing some estate planning.

Why your kids need to see your parenting calendar

One of the most difficult aspects of parental divorce for many kids is the upheaval and uncertainty it can bring to their daily lives. They may be uncertain about which evenings or weekends they'll be spending with their noncustodial parent. They may not know who's going to pick them up after school, show up for their soccer games or take them to the orthodontist.

This uncertainty can be exacerbated by the beginning of a new school year. They may have different activities and even a different school than they had last year. Younger kids, in particular, can suffer from anxiety if they aren't sure who will be there for them and when they will be with each parent.

How do divorcing parents prevent sibling rivalry from worsening?

When parents divorce, one of their primary concerns is the emotional well-being of their children. It can take considerable effort and time to help ensure that a child feels safe, loved and supported after a break-up. When there are multiple children, parents to be aware not just of the feelings of each child, but of the impact of their divorce with their relationships with their siblings.

Sibling rivalry, which is a normal part of growing up with brothers and sisters, can worsen when parents separate or divorce. That's why it's essential for parents to understand the reasons why this is happening and how to deal with it.

Men are increasingly seeking shelter from abusers

Most resources for victims of domestic violence are aimed, understandably, at helping women. While women are far more likely to be victimized than men, a growing number of men are being abused.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the number has increased by 73 percent since 2014. It could be higher, because men are less likely to report it than women.

3 steps to help protect your kids during and after divorce

All responsible parents who are going through a divorce want to protect their children from stress and emotional trauma.

No matter how rancorous your split or how much animosity you two feel toward one another, by focusing on three key things, you can help your children get through this time more easily and end up having a happy and healthy relationship with both of you.

Can divorced parents jump-start their kids' school success?

With only a little more than a week before West Springfield schools return for the 2017-2018 academic year, newly separated or divorced parents can ease their children's anxiety by preparing them to head back to school.

Even kids who have never encountered any prior trouble in school may find themselves acting out in class without realizing why. Parents can use the following tips to ease their children's transition from summer vacation to school year.

What should you do when kids want their other parent?

When parents separate or divorce, it's not unusual for kids to want to be with whichever parent they're away from at any given time. Depending on their age, this can manifest itself in crying, temper tantrums or locking themselves in their room.

Whether children are acting out of anger at being denied something they want or they simply want to spend more time with their other parent, it's essential to remain calm and not take it personally -- even if you feel hurt or angry. Remaining composed in these situations can go a long way to helping your child adjust to the break-up.

Massachusetts bill would help hair stylists spot abuse

Many women confide more in their hair stylists than they do in their own friends and family. That's why one Massachusetts state representative has introduced a bill that would provide salon professionals with training to help them spot signs that a client is being abused and put them in touch with sources of support and protection.

State Rep. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen has seen several high-profile domestic violence cases in her area over the past few years -- at least two of them fatal. Her proposed legislation is modeled after a law that recently was implemented in Illinois.

What to do when communicating with your co-parent is difficult

When you're in the midst of a painful separation or divorce, communicating in a civil manner with your co-parent can be challenging. However, the two of you need to maintain some sort of communications regarding your children, no matter how challenging it may be for you.

Until you've developed your parenting plan and settled the details of who will be handling what responsibilities, you may need to be in touch more than you will in the future. However, you can maintain a workable co-parenting relationship during this time if you both try.

Are you a male victim of domestic violence?

Most victims of domestic violence are women, in part because men generally have the strength and size advantage in the relationship. However, studies show that about one-third of domestic violence victims may be male.

This could be even higher, because it can be shameful for men to admit that they are being physically abused by a wife or girlfriend. If they do report the abuse, police may be skeptical or believe that they were actually the perpetrators, and the woman was trying to defend herself.

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