Divorce News

As a Divorce Law Firm we like to keep our clients up to date about the newest cases, trends in the industy, and provide tips for helping our people achieve the best outcome possible.  Our news posts hope to valuable to people who are either thinking about Divorce our are beginning the process.  Please feel free to go read our archives and find some tips that will help you. If you have any questions please feel free to call us any time.

 

If you have reached the point of mediating a legal dispute, the last thing you want – or need – is confusion and frustration during the process. Even the simplest cases that often require mediation, such as divorce, custody, and a host of other civil matters, are overwhelming. These matters involve the people you love the most – your children, spouse, or perhaps a family member that has been harmed in some way. Read more

When parents divorce, they are granted joint custody in many cases. In other cases, one parent may retain custody while the other is simply granted visitation. In either case, there is usually a set schedule as to when each parent is allowed to spend time with their child. In some divorce cases, parents are allowed a loose schedule as long as both parents fulfill their part of a parenting plan. In other cases, the schedule is more strictly adhered to, with set days, hours, etc. all written clearly into a court order. Unfortunately, life does not always follow a set schedule. Car trouble, job requirements, moving, even the flu can cause one parent to need to reschedule time with their child. If you need to change visitation hours which were set in your divorce order, contact a divorce lawyer such as Boston Divorce Attorney Doug Lovenberg.

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In most instances, the marriage contract is not only a promise to love, honor, and cherish your chosen mate until the end of life, but it is also a legal obligation to support one another. Often, this obligation does not end when the marriage does, and one spouse is ordered by the court to continue offering financial support to the other. This is known as alimony. As any alimony lawyer can tell you, there are not many ways in which alimony can be discharged. If you have questions about alimony and change in financial situation, give the law offices of Boston Divorce Lawyer Doug Lovenberg a call.

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It’s that moment. He is down on one knee. She is holding her breath. A ring is about to come out of his pocket and be offered to her…but is it really hers to keep? Well, that all depends. Although the laws are different from state to state, there are generally two questions which determine who gets the ring: Who was at fault in the breakup or divorce, and whether or not the ring was a gift. Even the second question has its own conditions. For example, even if the ring is determined to have been a gift, was it a conditional gift?  In most cases, the courts will not order a gift to be returned upon a breakup or divorce. However, if the gift was conditional, (such as the condition that the couple marry or stay married) then the courts may order the ring returned when the conditions are not met. Then there are the family heirlooms. If the ring was an heirloom, then it will most likely be returned to the family from which it came, no matter who was at fault in a breakup or divorce. Boston Divorce Lawyer Doug Lovenberg is knowledgeable in Engagement Ring Law, and can help answer any questions you may have about getting the ring back in a divorce.

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There are currently only seventeen states which recognize same sex marriage as a legal union: Washington D.C., Washington State, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Iowa, Illinois, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut, and California. For two people who are involved in a same sex marriage, gay divorce and the law can be almost impossible, especially if they reside in other states.

 

Once gay marriage became legal in various states, couples flocked from other states in their excitement to tie the knot. Unfortunately, these gay couples, much like their straight peers, never anticipated the fact that they may split ways one day. Divorcing as a gay couple in a state which does not recognize same sex marriage is a very complicated process.  If you have questions about gay divorce and the law, or same sex divorce, contact Boston Divorce Attorney Doug Lovenberg.

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In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all divorces are treated the same way, whether same sex or heterosexual. Just as in any state, there are laws and rules in place which the courts must adhere to during the divorce process. There are, however, circumstances which can make the divorce process a bit smoother, or a bit harder. Here are some of the top divorce mistakes that people make in a Boston divorce. If you are considering a divorce in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, give Boston Divorce Attorney Doug Lovenberg a call.

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There are many issues in a divorce case, from determining child custody, spousal support, valuation of assets, and distribution of the marital property and debts. In cases where a party has been providing health coverage to the children and spouse through an employer based plan, the usual arrangement is that that spouse continue to provide that coverage despite the divorce. Read more

With the advent of the new year, you might want to view 2014 as an opportunity to review your marriage and see if divorce is right for you. Although no divorce is cause for celebration, it can provide a chance for a new life, free of the stresses and uncertainties of your current marriage. Read more

Unfortunately, some people to go to extremes if their spouse no longer wishes to remain married. Simply agreeing to a divorce may mean that they have lost control of a relationship that was likely abusive and they seek to punish their spouse. Many times their action results in tragedy. Read more

A divorce is nearly always a stressful time for both parties as well as for the children. Often, the parties are not civil to one another, have stopped communicating or only express themselves to each other in anger. One party may have started the divorce process by serving the other with legal documents, which may fuel the flames of resentment and result in retaliation. Read more