Boston Divorce Attorney Doug Lovenberg understands the confusion, heartbreak, and stress than accompanies almost any divorce. This divorce lawyer has the experience and knowledge to guide you through this difficult time and find the answers to any question which you may have. Lovenberg understands the laws of marriage and divorce in the state of Massachusetts, and can help take some of the stress and confusion of a divorce off of your shoulders. If you are considering a divorce in the state of Massachusetts, give Boston Divorce Lawyer Doug Lovenberg a call. Here are a few questions and answers surrounding the subject of divorce.


Can a Man Receive Alimony?

This question is not as uncommon as some may believe. In the state of Massachusetts, divorce law is considered to be gender neutral. The Equal Rights Amendment demands that gender is not a factor when courts decide how parties will be treated. Since alimony is usually paid by the spouse who is considered to have been the main financial contributor to the marriage, it is possible for a man to receive alimony. If the woman was the family bread winner, then she could be ordered to pay alimony to her husband. It is important to note, however, that there are many factors which a court considers before awarding alimony, and it will not be awarded in all divorce cases. Given the recent change in the law regarding alimony, it is also important to understand the relationship between alimony and child support.


Is Child Support Affected by Visitation and Custody?

Many divorcees wonder whether or not their child support payments will be affected by factors such as visitation and custody. In the case of custody, the answer is a definite, “Yes.” If one parent is given sole custody, the other parent will almost certainly be ordered to pay child support. If custody is shared, then the amount of time the child spends with each parent could impact the amount of child support paid, if any. If a non-custodial parent refuses to take the child, or exercise their visitation rights, they could be forced to pay more in child support. If a custodial parent is not receiving child support, however, he or she may not suspend visitation. Although some other states allow suspension of visitation in cases where child support is not being paid, Massachusetts does not.


Can A Parent Give Up Their Parental Rights to Avoid Child Support?

In the state of Massachusetts, the answer is, “No,” one cannot give up their children, or their parental rights, in order to avoid paying child support. Although doing such a thing may benefit the parent financially, it is considered to be harmful to the child. Child support is awarded to benefit the child, not either parent. The only exception to this is in a case where there is someone on hand who wishes to adopt the child and take on the responsibility of “second parent,” or when the parties agree and the Court finds the agreement fair and reasonable under the circumstances.


Those are a few questions and answers about divorce in Massachusetts. If you are in need of guidance on the subject of divorce, child support, alimony, or modifying existing domestic relations orders, give Boston Divorce Attorney Doug Lovenberg a call today.