Who’s getting divorced in Massachusetts these days? People over 50

The new face of divorce has gray hair.

While divorce rates overall have stabilized and even inched downward in recent years, the divorce rate among couples who are 50 or older doubled between 1990 and 2010, according to a study by Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.

What’s more, these so-called “gray divorces” now account for more than 28% of all marital splits – up from just 10% back in 1990.

The reasons for this trend are unclear, although some people have speculated that seniors are living longer and are more active than they used to be, and may be less willing to stick it out in a loveless marriage once their children are grown. Also, there’s been a significant increase in divorces that are initiated by older women, who may be more independent than in an earlier generation.

What is clear is that there are many legal issues that have special relevance for seniors who are contemplating divorce. [Continue reading]

Child Support Enforcement in Massachusetts

If you’re in Massachusetts and dealing with the prospect of a spouse, ex-spouse, or parent not paying their child support payment, you may have to go through Child Support Enforcement. This is a service available through the state and within the Massachusetts State Department of Revenue. When you contact CSE about a parent not paying child support as earlier agreed to, you have a number of good legal options available to make sure it’s paid. But CSE can also help settle other issues with your children.

The Complete Role of Child Support Enforcement

While you can always go through family court, CSE can take care of various issues related to your children without going to court. CSE can help determine the paternity of any child born, including,  for example, if you happened to have dissolved a common law marriage. They can even help in determining medical support obligations for your children. Most of all, they’re there to help enforce these obligations as well as child support. They have significant legal authority when it comes to enforcing a court ordered support plan. [Continue reading]

Alimony and Remarriage in Massachusetts

Divorce is a challenging time for both spouses. So many factors involving the outcome can have lasting effects. Alimony is no exception. Alimony refers to a specified amount of money paid to one spouse by the other spouse during and after divorce. … [Continue reading]