When a marriage becomes unsalvageable, many Massachusetts fathers put off talk of divorce for as long as possible. Fears of losing time spent with their children lead many to remain in unhappy unions for far too long. For those who are considering divorce or are in the early stages of a split, it is important to know that divorce does not have to sever the relationship between father and child. A wide range of shared custody arrangements exist that can ensure a father remains an integral part of the lives of their children.
When it comes to divorce settlements, many believe that once the ink is dry, there is little to nothing that can be done to alter the agreement. However, a very high-profile and high net-worth divorce is headed back to court a year after a settlement was reached, and may result in a different division of assets than formerly agreed upon. Many in Massachusetts followed the headline-grabbing divorce between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie McCourt.
For many Massachusetts couples considering divorce, issues of property division are paramount. With the exception of child custody concerns, property division is usually the center of the majority of negotiations. As the time approaches to file for and work through a divorce, there are a few tips to keep in mind that can help to maximize one's settlement in terms of property division.
The American judicial system has come a long way in recognizing the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. Many states have laws that recognize that mothers are not always the better parent simply due to gender, and that they should not have an automatic advantage in child custody cases. However, there is still a lag between the increasingly involved roles that many American fathers play in the lives of their children and the manner in which the courts, including those in Massachusetts, award custody and visitation. A recent celebrity case exemplifies the uphill battle that men still face in regard to fathers' rights.