In Massachusetts, same-sex marriage has been legal for a decade now. In that time, the state has become somewhat of a model for issues like same-sex couples’ rights, divorce proceedings and the like for both state courts and gay couples across the nation. One of the biggest issues all couples, gay or straight, face during a divorce is child custody. Here are a few tips for handling this scenario.
When you are going through divorce, you may become worried when you are trying to figure out how you are going to pay for everything on your own. This can be especially troublesome for those you do not have an established career or have spent the last few years as a househusband or housewife. One way the Massachusetts courts make sure you are not left out on the streets is with alimony.
One of the most difficult aspects of filing for divorce is determining how the finances will be divided pending a final allocation by agreement or by the court. This is especially a problem for the spouse whose earnings and assets are substantially less than those of the other spouse. In that situation, the spouse with fewer resources may try to stay in a marriage, however unhappy he or she may be, for fear of a loss of lifestyle.
The termination of the marriage is rarely the most hotly contested aspect of a divorce. Chances are that by the time the decision has been made to file for divorce, neither party is prepared to spend a lot of time or money to keep the marriage together.
Fostering and maintaining the relationship between a child and both its mother and its father is something that Massachusetts laws encourage regardless of the marital status of the parents. The laws concerning support, custody and visitation focus on the best interests of the child establishing a role for each parent to play in a child’s life.
Massachusetts was the first state in the United States to legalize gay marriage in 2003. Gay marriage is now legal in every state under the Supreme Court’s recent ruling.