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What to expect financially in a Salem divorce


A Salem divorce can be an emotional and stressful experience for all the parties involved. This is especially true in a contested divorce, where disputes over property division, child custody and finances can result in extended litigation. However, there are several things both men and women can do to ease the difficult process that all too often is divorce.

Perhaps the most important thing in a Massachusetts divorce is to have realistic expectations about the process. Even in uncontested divorces, unforeseen expenses can catch former couples off guard. In addition to lawyers and court costs, many divorces require the assistance of experts, like accountants and realtors. One or both of the parties may need to find a new place to live, and former partners and their children may need counseling to adjust to life after a divorce. Open communication and a willingness to work together can help keep these costs at a minimum.

Alimony and child support are a necessity in many cases. These awards help support the recipients and ensure their financial needs are met. These new expenses make it important to create a post-divorce budget.

There is no denying that there is a big adjustment period for former couples and their children following the end of a marriage. However, open communication and realistic expectations - especially when it comes to finances - can help ease the transition. Even in uncontested divorces, seeking legal advice from an experienced family law attorney can be invaluable. Divorce and its legal ramifications can impact a person's life for years to come. A family law attorney can help navigate the process and streamline things for everyone involved.

Source: The Week Magazine, "8 financial tips for men getting a divorce," Hayley Krischer, Sept. 30, 2013

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