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June 2012 Archives

Property division now; division of college tuition bills later

Children from divorced parents face a number of challenges when their parents split. In fact, in addition to property division, most divorcing couples in Massachusetts spend time working out issues concerning their children. How custody will be divided, what child support is appropriate, even where the kids will spend holidays. However, many divorcing parents neglect to plan for their kids' college educations, which can lead to frustration, argument and disappointment down the road.

Will property division tarnish amicable celebrity divorce?

Celebrity couple Courtney Cox and Davis Arquette has filed for divorce. The couple has been married since 1999, but separated two years ago. Despite at least one attempt to reconcile, the marriage seems destined to dissolve through the requisite court procedures. Massachusetts residents will remember the actress from her role on the hit show "Friends." The attractive couple has long received a great deal of media attention, which will likely not abate as they work out issues of child custody and property division in divorce court.

Gay marriage: federal appeals court in Boston rules on benefits

On Thursday, May 31 a Massachusetts federal appeals court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in its denial of federal benefits to gay couples who have married. The ruling is viewed as a significant and welcome victory for those who support the legitimacy and legality of gay marriage. The decision focused on the rights of legally married gay couples to receive federal benefits.

Transgender man maintains his father's rights in custody case

Father's rights can always be a tough issue in court, no matter the circumstance. But this is especially so for fathers that might be considered non-traditional in many circles. While Massachusetts and a handful of other states currently are leading the way of marriage equality and progress, many other states unfortunately still lag behind. Because of this, it is encouraging to see a judge assert that a transgender man still has father's rights over his own children.

Same-sex couple's divorce paves way for gay marriage rights

While Massachusetts is a notable exception, most states do not recognize same-sex marriages to be valid. Instead, they often insist that marriage should only be between a man and a woman and impose various legal restrictions to keep it that way.

Why divorce for Boston's same-sex couples is both more and less complicated

Massachusetts is one of the few states in the U.S. that allows same-sex marriage. Regardless of how you feel about that, it is true that allowing same-sex couples to marry can greatly simplify some legal aspects of their lives together. One of those aspects is the end of the relationship, be that by divorce or the death of one of the partners.

Woman claims soon-to-be-ex spent $850,000 to earn mistress commission

Boston shoppers who patronize the fancy department store Neiman Marcus (even if it's just to look, rather than to buy) know that the luxury goods retailer is famous for its generous return policy. But that return policy is not good enough for one woman, who is angry that Neiman Marcus won't let her return about $1.4 million in gifts from her soon-to-be-ex-husband.