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Technology can lead to challenges to fathers’ rights

With the advent of ever more sophisticated forms of technology, keeping in touch has never been easier. Whether you use email, text messaging, online scheduling or social media, staying in touch takes far different forms today than in years past. For Massachusetts couples who divorce or separate, issues of child custody can be made much smoother by choosing a remote form of communication, especially when parents cannot get along in person. However, when one parent chooses to use technology as a weapon, it can cause significant problems for the relationship between the child and the other parent. Many who support fathers’ rights see potential problems with relying on technology to have access to one’s child. A recent study looked into the ways that divorced couples use technology in regard to child custody issues. Researchers discovered that when former spouses maintained a positive relationship, technology was used to facilitate custody exchanges, keep both parents in the loop regarding the child’s activities, and make sure that both parents stayed on the same page in regard to the kids’ schedules. However, when parents did not enjoy an amicable relationship, technology was often used by one parent to limit the other’s access to the child. By simply avoiding answering text messages and email, some parents seek to limit the amount of time that the other parent has with the child. In some cases, parents admitted to pretending that they never received email. This type of behavior not only brings further tension between the parents,

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Boston father fights to retrieve sons from Egyptian mother

For divorcing couples in the same city or state, coming to terms with shared parenting can be difficult. However, those challenges can increase dramatically for couples from different countries. For one Boston father, his concerns for his sons’ safety and well-being are in the forefront for many politicians aiding the father in his efforts to retrieve his two sons from Egypt after they were illegally taken from the country by their Egyptian mother. And this father is not alone in his plight. He is one of many U.S. fathers caught up in the wake of international child abductions, fighting to regain custody from countries such as Japan and Egypt, that do not acknowledge the Hague Convention. In 2008, the Boston dad was granted sole legal custody of his sons when he and his ex-wife divorced. The boys’ mother has dual citizenship; British and Egyptian. She was only given limited visitation, initiating the catalyst towards the subsequent kidnapping. Prior to picking up his sons from visiting their mother in 2009, he received a phone call telling him that his sons had been taken to Egypt. The mother had acquired false passports for the boys. Divorced parents are required to provide dual parental consent forms prior to traveling with children overseas. However, EgyptAir states that they only are “required to review passports” and that due to the lack of support staff cannot contact “non-traveling” parents to confirm international travel plans with them. Sadly, since 2000, international child abductions have tripled in the

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High net-worth divorce involves X-Men actor

Massachusetts cinema buffs may be interested to know that couple James Marsden and Lisa Linde recently filed for divorce after 11 years of marriage. Marsden is known for his roles in X-Men and Straw Dogs. His wife is the daughter of Dennis Linde, who was the country songwriter who penned Elvis’ 1972 hit “Burning Love.” Although a representative for Marsden claims the decision is mutual, high net-worth divorces are rarely a clean process. Despite the comments of Marsden’s representative, Linde filed the divorce documents citing “irreconcilable differences.” She is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their two children. They share a 6-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. However, even when divorce is based on a shared decision and mutual respect, it often still results in a tangled web of issues. Here, the couple was married for 11 years with two children. As such, the divorce will necessarily involve complex property division and child custody issues. Linde is also seeking spousal support, which may prove contentious. The couple has probably already retained separate legal counsel, which is highly advised in cases like these. An experienced divorce attorney can prove invaluable in a high net-worth divorce due to the complexity of issues involved. The attorney may also be able to ensure that the result is fair and reasonable and in accordance with the wishes of the client. Indeed, any couple in Massachusetts and elsewhere seeking or considering divorce may benefit from consulting with an attorney. Except in a few rare instances,

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