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Shared parenting one option in divorce

State legislators around the nation are reviewing current laws governing custody arrangements affecting divorcing parents. A new trend emerging in child custody cases is shared-parenting laws which, when implemented, allot both parents an equal division of time with their children.

Results of domestic violence survey released

Recently, the Southern Hilltowns Domestic Violence Task Force released the results of a survey with some surprising results. The survey on domestic violence showed that of the 326 residents surveyed, 96 percent of those responding acknowledge it's possible to abuse your partner or family member without resorting to actual physical violence. However, only 66 percent agreed that their fellow hilltown neighbors would agree with their assessment.

Fitchburg woman held without bail in child custody case

A Massachusetts woman accused of allegedly abusing her minor child is receiving vocal support from her adult children. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families arrived at the woman's home to remove the 5-year-old child from her mother's home and discovered them missing. An Amber Alert was activated in the child custody case, and the 50-year-old woman and her daughter were found the next day in Shelby, North Carolina, at the home of a relative.

Divorce: Don't take it personally

You may not have sought it, and you certainly might not have wanted it, but like it or not, you suddenly have found yourself thrust into it anyway. You're in the midst of a divorce. You may have thought your marriage would last forever. Assumptions can set us up for failure, though, leaving us feeling and acting like victims rather than survivors. Realize that when we assume certain things, such as why our soon-to-be-exes are acting a certain way, we are denying them the reality of their own choices. People change, and we must learn to accept that.

Massachusetts boy misssing for three months with no reports made

A missing child is a parent's worst nightmare -- or at least it should be. But in the case of a missing 5-year-old boy from Massachusetts, even though the child had allegedly been missing for longer than three months, no one had reported him missing until his sister confided to her teacher that she was being abused by her mother's boyfriend.

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