Looking for a Competent Family Law Attorney in Springfield, Massachusetts?
If your current circumstances require legal representation, there’s an experienced family law attorney team here in Springfield, Massachusetts, ready to work on your behalf. The Law Offices of Hare & Stamm can help you with your family law case, whether this is regarding a divorce, child custody, child support, or spousal support.
Understanding Massachusetts Divorce Laws
In Massachusetts, “a 1A divorce is filed when both spouses agree that their marriage has irretrievably broken down and they have reached a written agreement about child support, parenting time, alimony, child custody, and dividing marital assets.” However, this is not always the case.
The Massachusetts government website further adds that you can file for divorce in if: “1) You’ve lived in the state for one year, or 2) The reason the marriage ended happened in Massachusetts and you’ve lived in Massachusetts as a couple.” In addition to the specific documents that need to be filed in Massachusetts to file for divorce, couples with children under the age of 18 have specific requirements to fulfill.
Divorce is never easy. Several factors must be considered in the event of a divorce. The welfare of children, if applicable, is of paramount concern. The division of property is yet another issue that needs to be addressed. The layers of complexity divorce brings can seem endless, but the Massachusetts law firm of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC can help unravel its intricacies, treating you with the respect you deserve during such an emotionally-charged time.
We offer diligent and tenacious representation, and can help you deal with the different aspects of a divorce, such as property division, custody arrangements, protective orders, child support and more. As the valued client you are, they will listen to you and then create a sound and strong strategy, designed to obtain the best possible outcome for your divorce proceedings.
Child Custody & Massachusetts Law
Determining child custody is one of the most challenging and grueling aspects of a divorce or separation of any kind. The legal team at the Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC will assist in finding the ideal arrangement for the children involved, one that ensures their safety, protection, health and overall well-being.
In Massachusetts, child custody arrangements fall into four categories, as outlined in MassLegalHelp.org:
“Sole legal custody means that one parent has the right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare, including matters of education, medical care and emotional, moral and religious development.”
“Shared legal custody means continued mutual responsibility and involvement by both parents in major decisions regarding the child’s welfare, including matters of education, medical care, and emotional, moral and religious development.”
“Sole physical custody means that a child resides with, and is under the supervision of one parent, subject to reasonable visitation by the other parent, unless the court decides that such visitation would not be in the best interest of the child.”
“Shared physical custody means that a child has periods of residing with and being under the supervision of each parent, and that physical custody is shared by the parents in such a way that assures the child frequent and continued contact with both parents.”
The Law Office of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC understand your and your child(ren)’s needs are paramount, which is why they will work with you, and within the Massachusetts courts systems, to negotiate the most amicable custody agreement for you and your children.
Massachusetts Child Support
MassLegalHelp.org defines child support as “money a parent pays to support their children when their children don’t live with them. They pay the other parent or another person who is responsible for taking care of their children. Parents do not pay child support to their children. The money is to help pay for your children’s needs.” The website further adds: “Child support helps pay for your child’s: housing, Health insurance and medical costs, including birth-related costs, child care costs, Education costs, and food and clothing.”
The Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC understand that child support is an essential component to the development of children, as it ensures their continued care and well-being after their parent’s separation. So, if you’re fighting battles centering around child support, let us be the advocates you need.
Understanding Massachusetts Spousal Support
During a divorce there may be the need to spearhead spousal support efforts. In such an event, you can rest assured knowing that the Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC will help you obtain the maximum monetary support you need and deserve, to maintain your quality of life.
Various factors help determine spousal support, including the duration of the partnership or marriage, the age of the individuals seeking dissolution of the union, as well as the employability of the individuals seeking the separation. At the Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC, all factors will be considered when determining a fair and balanced spousal support settlement.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC?
When it comes to matters of family law such as divorce, child custody, child support and spousal support, you need a legal team with a keen understanding of Massachusetts family laws to achieve fair and balanced resolutions and settlements. With decades of experience in litigation and family law, the Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC use sound and clear judgment to represent you and fight for your justice.
So, for the family law matter you have, trust the Massachusetts attorney team at The Law Offices of Hare, Stamm & Harris, LLC. You have an advocate ready to work for you!