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What is spousal support and how do I request it?

When a Massachusetts resident files for divorce they may also file for alimony, which is another name for spousal support. This is done through the county Probate and Family Law Court where they live. Alimony is the payment of money from one former spouse to the other and in Massachusetts alimony may take on a variety of forms.

Yes and no: how to survive the divorce process

The divorce process is a complicated legal path that you have to take once you file. In addition to this, it will be a trying emotional time for you, and it will also be stressful. These are just natural effects of the process, and you shouldn't feel like you're alone during it. Having an attorney by your side to advocate for your interests and to advise you on how to proceed is critical.

Children's best interests guide child custody decisions

There is no question that the divorce of a Massachusetts child's parents is difficult. A child has potentially lived their entire life with both parents under the same roof and receiving daily love and support from each to foster the child's growth and development. Once a divorce enters the life of the family, though, that comfortable and supportive environment may quickly disappear.

Divorce mediation can help protect your children

Divorce is rough on everyone involved. Both the spouses going through divorce will likely have to move through the five stages of grief to come to terms with the end of the relationship. In marriages with minor children, there's also reason to feel concerned about the impact of the divorce on the children. The entire process, from fighting parents to a protracted court battle, can leave emotional scars that take years to heal.

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