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October 2014 Archives

Divorce in Massachusetts for same-sex couples

Massachusetts has recognized same-sex marriage for a decade. With marriage comes the possibility of divorce. Divorce and ending domestic partnerships can be difficult and complex undertakings for anyone, but this is especially true for same-sex couples because the law has not always been clear on the rights of these individuals. Still, couples in same-sex relationships have many of the same concerns as their different sex counterparts, including property division, handling of debt, issues of alimony and tax considerations.

How paternity is established in Massachusetts

Residents of Massachusetts may establish paternity with the court by filing with the court, the city clerk or the registrar of vital records. If the documentation is passed through a clerk or registrar, these entities are responsible for sending it to the state juvenile court. The court may also collect personal information about the parents and child. The information that the court or registrar may request include the names, Social Security numbers, ages, dates of birth and addresses of the mother, father and child.

Division of marital property in Massachusetts

During a divorce proceeding, distribution of marital property can be a complex process. Massachusetts has established statutes regarding property division of various types of assets. Fair distribution of assets, including alimony, health insurance and business values, is ultimately determined by the court. The division of marital property has tax consequences that must also be considered by both parties.