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Supporting Massachusetts children after divorce

Children in Massachusetts whose families are in the midst of a divorce may have many concerns about their future. Some of these concerns can include where the child will live and what their daily life will look like following divorce. No matter what the future has in store for these children, parents should work together to ensure that their children are fully supported in every way.

After a divorce, children may not voice these concerns with their parents. Parents should try to communicate with their family and children in order to know and understand the issues that are on their minds. Even if parents are not great about opening the lines of communication, there are certain issues that are important to address and the tone of the conversation is critical.

Children often get upset over how parents talk about them in regards to visitation. Some parents will start referring to their child as something like a project that needs "managing." Parents should always remember that children have a voice and feelings and are not merely another divorce "issue." Another concern relates to consistency. Children need both parents to be on the same page when it comes to rules, values and discipline. Consistency provides children with stability and stability is important as children cope with divorce.

As parents know, supporting a child goes beyond simply being there and doing the right thing. Children cost a substantial amount of money and it is difficult for one parent to support a child financially on their own. Because Massachusetts courts recognize this, they will often require child support to be paid to one parent. This support is essential to the child's development and needs.

When a parent is not receiving the support he or she needs to raise a child, legal steps can be taken to enforce payment. These parents have rights and should discuss the circumstances with an attorney in order to move forward and secure the necessary payments.

Source: Huffington Post, "12 Things That Kids Think About Divorce But Are Too Afraid To Say," Tara Kennedy-Kline, April 20, 2014

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