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January 2013 Archives

Deion Sanders custody decision seen as fathers' rights win

Massachusetts sports fans may be aware of the custody battle waged between football star Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar. The former couple has been at odds with one another for months concerning the care and custody of their three children, as well as details of their divorce. A recent court decision in the matter is being heralded as a major victory for fathers' rights.

International divorce can complicate property division issues

Massachusetts couples in which one or more parties hold dual citizenship status may find a recent report of interest. The piece outlines some of the difficulties that can arise when dual citizenship enters into play in a divorce proceeding. The introduction of multiple jurisdictions can seriously complicate a divorce, including issues of child custody and property division. For such couples, understanding these issues can help prevent an unfair advantage for one party if a divorce is on the horizon.

Daughter returned in emotional fathers' rights case

The majority of child custody cases in Massachusetts and elsewhere center on two parents struggling over the care and control of their shared children. Family courts see a wide range of custody issues, however, and one recent case demonstrates an unusual scenario. The outcome is being viewed as a significant win for fathers' rights.

Same-sex couple struggles to divorce, hits legal roadblock

Virtually all of America has become embroiled in the debate over the rights of same-sex couples to marry. When considering the issue, the focus is on the rights of people who love one another to form legally binding family units that share the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. It is often forgotten that other legal rights are also connected to the right to marry in Massachusetts, namely, the right to divorce.

Custody rights affected by choice of venue

When a Massachusetts couple divorces, child custody issues often sit at the top of the list of priorities, and for good reason. Hammering out the details of who will hold legal and physical custody of shared children is an important consideration when a family is divided, and can lead to a great deal of strife concerning custody rights during divorce. However, in an ironic twist, some of the most devastating child custody fights can come from a divorce that was amicable and relatively easy.