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Study shows major reasons preventing divorce


Making the choice to get divorced is likely one of the hardest decisions many people will face in their lives. It usually represents a major change in the direction of an individual's life, especially so if the couple had children and a large amount of marital property over the course of their marriage. Besides the emotional toil which many people feel, the technical side of a divorce can seem overwhelming to individuals who are not sure what to expect.

Former wrestler faces jail time over missed alimony


When a couple goes through a divorce, alimony may be settled upon during mediation process or ordered by a judge. Oftentimes this agreement seeks to compensate a spouse for the economic sacrifices they made have made by forgoing a career in order to raise children or keep a household. Consequently, these individual often come to rely on these payments while they seek to regain their financial independence. For this reason, alimony settlements are a strict legal obligation, and failing to pay them can have significant legal consequences.

Legal hurdles remain for divorcing same sex couples


The issue of same sex divorce, which has been covered by many media outlets and several times on our blog, has become more prevalent in the wake of the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act. By effectively allowing same sex marriage to be federally recognized, many experts predict a rise in new states throughout the country joining Massachusetts and the other states which have already legalized same sex marriages. Inevitably, these states will have to address the issue of same sex divorces as well.

Study shows financial arguments may lead to divorce


When in a relationship, arguments can sometimes be unavoidable. While many of these issues may ultimately be resolved, some couples may find themselves with irreconcilable differences. When these arguments start to become a daily occurrence, some people may consider the possibility of getting a divorce.

Study shows happiness may increase after divorce


For many people, one of the hardest parts of a divorce is coping with the difficult emotions that arise during a separation. Oftentimes people can become overwhelmed with grief, making it hard to focus on the practical necessities. Sometimes people are fearful about their life after a divorce, unsure of what their future will hold. While the popular conception of a person after a divorce may be a gloomy one, the truth may be brighter than expected.

Cell phone data used as proof of cohabitation in alimony cases


When the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was signed into law, it brought with it several changes to the way alimony could be paid out. Perhaps most notably, it put an end to the notion of permanent alimony, instead instituting a new system to determine how much a spouse could be entitled to and for how long payments needed to be made. These determinations are now made based on factors such as how long the marriage lasted, as well as the income levels of the payer. One of the less talked about changes involves cohabitation, and some individuals are now using cell phone data to try and end their alimony payments.

The hurdles of same-sex divorce


When Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage, the issue of same-sex divorce went under the radar. While many might assume that with marriage comes divorce, the truth is that same-sex divorce is oftentimes more complicated that those of other marriages. As this blog recently covered, the repeal of DOMA may make same-sex divorces even more complicated. Thankfully, with some knowhow and legal assistance from industry professionals, many same-sex couples can find their way through the complications.

DOMA repeal may have implications for same-sex divorce


Since Massachusetts started to recognize same-sex marriages, there has been no shortage of difficulties in getting these couples the same benefits to which other couples are entitled. In many cases, these difficulties crossed over into same sex divorces as well, with certain state and federal laws making the process complicated. However, this may be about to change.

The unexpected questions in property division


One of the hardest aspects of a divorce is often determining which spouse gets what from the marital property. In fact, the issue of property division can be so divisive that spouses splitting on amicable terms could even find themselves in a trial disputing ownership of certain assets. While it may be easy to anticipate some legal struggle over the obvious major assets, say over ownership of the family home or motor vehicles, it often happens that major disputes occur over assets that many spouses did not even consider when first entering into their divorce.

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