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DOMA ruling impacting same-sex divorces


The end of a relationship can be a very difficult and emotional time for those involved. Even if both sides agree that parting ways is proper for them, the transitioning period can be devastating. Dividing up assets and property in a divorce can be problematic for some couples in Massachusetts. Same-sex couples may encounter challenges when it comes to getting a divorce. Although their fight to get married in the state is no longer a pressing issue, their ability to get divorced like traditional married couples still is.

Divorced parents getting along during the holidays


Families in Massachusetts understand the importance of togetherness and spending quality time with one another. This is especially true during the holiday season. It is not only expected but also desired to carry out holiday traditions. But a divorce or a separation could pose some problems when it comes to continuing family traditions. This could create emotions and disputes regarding who gets to see the children on what day and for how long. As a result, parenting time is often a huge issue and a focal point post-divorce. Fortunately, if it is approached properly, both parties could reach an amicable agreement.

Delaying a divorce could help save money


Couples in Massachusetts often have difficult decisions to make as individuals and as a couple. This is true during the marriage and if they decide to dissolve their union. When spouses argue and are unable to agree on many topics, divorce legal issues could present themselves. Disputes and emotions often get in the way of making rational and practical decisions. This could cause a long, drawn-out divorce or it could result in an improper divorce agreement. During the divorce process, it is important that soon-to-be ex-spouses attempt to effectively communicate so they can reach an amicable divorce settlement.

Positive changes for same-sex couples and student loans


Married couples in Massachusetts understand that their relationship and union could provide them some benefits. Same-sex partners in Massachusetts have not always experienced these federal and state benefits, but as the nation becomes more progressive, same-sex couples are treated virtually the same in some aspects of marriage. This in turn has caused same-sex partners to experience new and difficult issues when it comes to divorce because same-sex couples are still fighting to be treated equally when it comes to divorce and dividing assets and property.

Tax implications during asset distribution in a divorce


Whether a couple is together for a few years or decades, there are various important factors to consider and go over during the dissolution of their marriage. Married couples in Massachusetts going through a divorce may have some serious family law issues to get through. For most, property division is not only an important decision-making process but it is also a very difficult procedure to work through. It could also become very complex if the couple has numerous assets and marital property. Furthermore, how they distribute their property could also affect them in other ways down the line.

The importance of prenups and postnups for stay at home mothers


There are many things to consider when it comes to entering a relationship. Marriage requires the same thought process, and several married couples in Massachusetts consider written instruments to help instill the decisions they made prior to or during the marriage. A prenuptial agreement and postnuptial agreement can help layout important factors and could end up to be a very crucial document in a divorce. Whether it is property division or the amount of spousal support an ex will receive, these agreements could help lower disputes during the dissolution of a marriage.

Alimony not part of divorce agreement for Kutcher and Moore


During the dissolution of a marriage, divorcing couples in Massachusetts need to consider various factors. In most cases, the separating spouses think about their future and how they will carryon after the split. Depending on their roles in the marriage, a spouse might request or qualify for alimony. Alimony, also called spousal support, might not only be necessary but could be considered crucial for a spouse to maintain their lifestyle after the end of the marriage.

Divorcing during the holidays


There is no ideal time for a couple to part ways, but married couples in Massachusetts understand that if a couple must separate, a divorce is most likely the next step to take. Unfortunately, a couple's breaking point could land near the holidays. This can make an already difficult time more challenging but can also take away some of the joy and happiness of the holidays.

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