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Family law professionals seeing increase in prenups

In many circles, millennials -- generally accepted as those born between 1980 and 2000 -- are trendsetters, as those in their age group have been for generations. However, far more than establishing the popularity of music and fashion, today's 18 to 34-year-olds are widening the acceptance of many lifestyle factors, including those concerning family law. One item that is gaining popularity among millennials in Massachusetts and beyond is the prenuptial agreement.

First family law need? Data protection

When a Massachusetts resident is facing a divorce or child custody fight, it can be hard to know where to begin. Finding an attorney to manage the matter, speaking to friends and loved ones about the changes to come, and a multitude of practical matters all need to be addressed. One important thing to consider during a family law case is the danger of leaving one's data unprotected. 

How gender roles sometimes lead to family law needs

Massachusetts residents live in a time where gender roles have never been in more flux. Women are enjoying more equity in the workplace, and are often the primary breadwinners in the family. Men are also staying home to raise the kids more often than in decades past. While all of these changes can be viewed in a positive light, they can also throw some marriages out of balance, and can lead to a family law need if divorce seems likely. 

Will a marriage counselor suggest a family law action?

Many Massachusetts couples want to give their marriage every chance of success before they consider ending the union. For some, couples' counseling is one way to try and reconnect. A marriage counselor works to try and help couples find common ground and redefine their marriage on healthier terms. There are cases, however, when a counselor will suggest that a family law attorney may be the next step on a couple's path. 

The value of a name change after a family law case

Massachusetts women who go through a divorce often want to reclaim their former name. Some feel strongly about making a public statement about their identity, while others find the change to be a powerful symbolic gesture that has deep personal meaning. Regardless of the reason, changing one's name after a family law matter is a multi-step process that many people feel is well worth the effort. 

Here's how Facebook impacts family law cases

For Massachusetts spouses who are facing a divorce and have a Facebook account, it is highly likely that their social media will play a role in the case. Family law attorneys know that Facebook is a treasure trove of information that can be used to support a client's case. More and more often, social media is playing a pivotal role in divorce and child custody cases, a trend that is playing out across the nation. 

Family law will feel the impact of tax changes

In marriage, it is not uncommon for one spouse to earn significantly more than the other. Sometimes one partner chooses to stay home to raise children, or accept a lower-paying position that allows them to spend more time with family. While this can work out well during marriage, it can negatively impact a person's ability to financially support themselves after divorce. Alimony is an important aspect of Massachusetts family law that helps address this issue, but changes to the tax laws could affect these payments.

Family law: Can I get Social Security on an ex's work record?

There is little denying the financial impact that a divorce can have on a person's life. However, rather than dissuade those in Massachusetts who are interested in filing, it should instead encourage them to be more vigorous in their approach. Considering all possible financial aspects of a divorce -- including possible Social Security benefits -- and how they apply to family law can help ensure that both parties find sure financial footing after a divorce.

Child custody is a serious family law matter

There are many things to consider when filing for divorce, including asset division, alimony and more. However, for many Massachusetts parents, figuring out custody can be one of the most emotionally strained aspects of ending a marriage. Although parents typically want what is best for their children, family law provides guidance to ensure that their best interests are respected and maintained.

Grey's Anatomy star temporarily settles family law matters

One of the stars of the popular TV show "Grey's Anatomy" recently finalized what had been a contentious divorce. Jesse Williams agreed to pay child support and alimony as part of the resolution, both of which are common family law outcomes in Massachusetts. He and his ex-wife also reached a temporary custody arrangement regarding their two children.

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