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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher divorce yet to be finalized

When going into a divorce, many people are hoping to have the proceedings finished with as little trouble as possible. While the situation may naturally bring out some negative emotions, couples going through a mutually agreed upon divorce, in Massachusetts as well as elsewhere, are sometimes able to put aside their feelings and finalize their divorce with few problems. For these individuals, an option such as settling their divorce through mediation may be a way to avoid a lengthy trial. Others, however, perhaps because of complex financial problems or personal reasons, are not able to settle their divorce quickly.

Debate over Alimony reform continues as new law goes into effect

As new alimony reform laws are settling into place in Massachusetts, alimony reform laws are being considered in other states throughout the nation as well. Most notably, the Florida state legislature recently passed an alimony reform bill, but the bill was vetoed by their governor. However, while the issue has been settled in Massachusetts, at least for the time being, the debate over whether alimony reform is beneficial still continues.

Dial-a-Lawyer hosted by Massachusetts Bar Association

People going through or considering a divorce oftentimes find themselves in need of advice. While it may be possible to find emotional comfort and reassurance from family and friends, finding a reliable expert for legal questions can be more difficult. Hoping to reach out to individuals in their community who maybe in need of their services, the Massachusetts Bar Association will be hosting a Phone-a-Lawyer service where people in need of legal advice can call in and get their questions answered.

Establishing independent credit before divorce may be beneficial

For a stay at home parent, the financial consequences of a divorce can be particularly difficult to handle. Besides the cost of the divorce proceedings, reacquiring steady income after a prolonged hiatus from the workplace can be challenging for anyone, with or without children. While some people may have a period of financial security provided by accumulated savings, those who became financially dependent on their spouse may need to take steps to guarantee their financial wellbeing.

Same-sex divorce rate proves difficult to calculate

Since the expansion of the right for same-sex couples to be married is a relatively new progression, many people expected there to be some initial difficulties to resolve. One of these difficulties is that the divorce rate amongst same-sex couples is particularly hard to keep track of, often due to the same challenges that same-sex couples face when trying to get a divorce in the first place.

Unsealed documents show details of Brian France's divorce

When a divorce is finalized, it doesn't necessarily mean an end of legal troubles between ex-spouses, especially when the issue of child custody is involved. Disputes over visitation rights, custody arrangements or alimony payments can all cause additional problems. While all of these problems could be avoided through cooperation outside of a courtroom, sometimes agreements can't be made.

Massachusetts leads the pack in alimony payments

There are many complex and emotional issues that must be addressed during the course of a divorce. While each of these issues comes with its own difficulties, the most controversial is often alimony. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a monthly payment made by the higher income spouse to the lower income spouse. The purpose of alimony payments is to correct any unfair financial consequences that may develop as a result of the divorce.

Using a prenuptial agreement to assign debt after divorce

Dividing marital assets in a divorce can be a complex and emotional task. Dividing assets can be even more difficult when there are debts. Unfortunately before a court will finalize a divorce couples must address these issues. While many factors effect property division, the most important involve state laws. Massachusetts, for example, is an equitable distribution state. Another factor affecting property division is the presence of a prenuptial agreement.

Intermingled finances and debt in divorce

Often when people divorce they are concerned with how much of the partnership's assets they will each receive. They are rarely as excited about the amount of shared debt they will acquire, though how debt is divided is an important divorce issue. Couples in Massachusetts should be aware of the situations that may impact just how much debt each former spouse will be liable to acquire.

Social media use can influence child custody decisions

This is a digital age, and people of all ages and demographics here in Massachusetts are connecting over social media. While the content of the overwhelming number of posts, tweets, and other online communications produced each days is sometimes considered private to the writers, individuals involved in child custody cases may find their social media writings appearing as evidence in court.

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