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Seeking protective orders in a Massachusetts divorce

It is an unfortunate fact that some spouses seek a divorce due to acts of domestic violence against them. Whether the spousal abuse happened only once or is part of an ongoing pattern of violent behavior, the abused spouse may need to turn to the Massachusetts courts for assistance.

Violence and child custody

In Massachusetts, custody and visitation laws stipulate how incidents of violence should be handled by the court. This means that if one parent commits an act of violence against the other parent or against the child, the abusive parent may be denied custody. Additionally, that parent could face restrictions on their visitation privileges. However, the nature of the violent act plays a large part in determining what action the court will take.

When Massachusetts child support orders expire

A parent who either receives or pays child support could be caught unaware that the payments are coming to an end. While a receiving parent may not think about it when a child is over the age of majority and moves out, the paying parent may not realize that additional steps have to be taken to terminate the obligation.

Deciding how to divide debt, marital assets in a divorce

Massachusetts couples who are considering divorce may be concerned about how their debts and assets will be divided. The property division process of a divorce can be complex, particularly in cases involving unpaid taxes, bankruptcy, foreclosure, real estate, insurance, deferred compensation, family-owned businesses, annuities, stocks, bonds, pension accounts, military benefits and retirement benefits.

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