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Why do seemingly stable marriages end in divorce?

Actress Jane Seymour, famous for her role in "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," recently announced that she was splitting from her husband after 20 years of marriage. The two have teenage twin sons. Sources close to the couple are saying that they were having difficulties trusting each other. When seemingly stable marriages suddenly end in divorce, it can make people question the institution of marriage generally.

Think carefully before announcing your divorce via social media

In today's hyper-interconnected world, social media have become a part of daily life for people in Massachusetts. While these websites such as Facebook have allowed people to more easily stay in contact with each other, and Twitter has even been lauded as a major reason why the Arab Spring was possible, they also implicate privacy. Anybody on social media has seen postings or comments that seem a little too private to be broadcast publicly and permanently across the internet.

Postnuptial agreements can be helpful during property division

Prenuptial agreements do not carry the stigma that they once did, and today many couples choose to protect their assets through such an agreement. The postnuptial agreement, which is created after a couple is already married, is less well known by society. Just like prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements can be very helpful for property division during a divorce.

Divorce now or wait until the children are grown?

Contemplating the end of a marriage can be difficult for any couple in Massachusetts. This is particularly true when the couple has children. When parents realize that their relationship is over, one of the most difficult divorce issues for the couple to face is whether the couple should stay together for the sake of the children.

Man crawls away--literally--from making child support payments

While a divorce can be difficult for the couple that is separating, it can be particularly hard for the couple's children. Children going through a divorce often feel that they have to choose between their parents, or that one parent is abandoning them. The child's life is not made any easier when one parent decides not to pay his or her legally required child support payments. In Massachusetts, failing to pay child support can have serious consequences.

Supreme Court case will affect Massachusetts same sex couples

There has been much media hype over the pair of cases dealing with same sex marriage that were before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The challenge to California's "Proposition 8," the voter initiative that banned same sex marriage in that state, has garnered a majority of the attention. But here in Massachusetts, same sex marriage has been the law since 2003. The second case, challenging the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, will likely be much more consequential for a same sex couple that is living here in Massachusetts.

$11 billion at stake in what will likely be a high asset divorce

For most readers here in Massachusetts, a billion dollars is only an abstract concept that is impossible to conceive of in real life. But for a select few, a billion dollar transaction is a part of daily life. When these billionaires decide to divorce, their complex property division settlements often make national news.

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