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Co-parenting and the best interest of a child post-divorce


When something bad or upsetting occurs, usually those around the individual sense their emotion and can be affected. This is often the case when parents are struggling with their marriage and the bystander children are impacted. Their marital disputes lead to a separation and eventually a divorce, which can cause significant life changes for everyone involved. Realizing the impact on a child does not only better the situation for the child or children but for the parents as well. Parents in Massachusetts as well as in other states across the nation should focus on working through this transition together so that the best interest of the child can be met.

Reducing the costs of a complex divorce settlement


The details of a marriage don't often come into play until the end is nearing. Divorcing Massachusetts couples often struggle with the difficult task of organizing their finances in order to reach a divorce agreement. A complex property division does not only occur when the couple owns much property and assets, but also when it is not clear what falls under the category of marital assets. Furthermore, determining how retirement assets and alimony will be treated can prolong the process. Considering equitable distribution, cost of future living, taxation and the need for financial support by one spouse often add to the complexities of dissolution.

Could divorce run in the family?


The environment a person grows up in will often determine how they turn out. Their family and home life will often shape how they will carry out their home and family life in the future. Children of divorce will often carry those memories with them and revert back to them when they are in a marriage of their own. Married couples in Massachusetts understand that the negativities of their parents' marriage could be present in their own marriage, which could ultimately lead to divorce and various other family law issues.

Higher rates of divorce for the religiously conservative


It is common for an individual's upbringing to shape who they become. People often hold and maintain the values they grew up with. For some couples in Massachusetts, components such as religion, political party and education philosophy will shape the couple's marriage. It is these facets that could also affect the relationship and the end of a marriage.

Child custody with special needs children


There are some life events that can be very life changing and could significantly alter the lives of a couple and their children. When married couples in Massachusetts file for divorce, there is a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed before the dissolution could be finalized. When children are involved in the process, the needs of the children will shape how a divorce agreement is constructed. In addition, the needs of the children not only determine child support but other family law issues such as custody and the ability to relocate.

Jane Lynch and ex-wife finally reach divorce settlement


No matter the length of a marriage, some couples determine they are better separated than they are together. Couples in Massachusetts understand that dissolution of marriage can be a very complex process. This is especially true for those with a large amount of assets. If the couple did not draft a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, reaching a divorce settlement could be lengthy and filled with disputes. Moreover, if an ex-spouse is seeking alimony that spouse will need to establish that they are entitled to the amount the person seeks or to any spousal support at all.

Understanding how divorce affects children


For many married couples in Massachusetts, it is difficult enough to make big decisions even when it is just the two of them. Adding children to the mix can create even more major decision-making. Whether it is about where they live, which school they attend and how to raise their children, these common decisions are complicated, especially when a couple divorces. Making big decisions about children and following a split can cause serious divorce issues for everyone involved.

Insurance coverage and same sex divorce


Although couples in Massachusetts understand that both marriage and divorce come with their difficulties, same-sex partners often go through additional obstacles and complexities during these life events. A same sex divorce could prove to be several times more difficult than a heterosexual couple's dissolution. Even after recent changes, the process has yet to be entirely equal in the books and in action.

Protecting personal property in a divorce


When couples in Massachusetts decide to marry, numerous decisions are made. The same is often true for divorce. Major life events often require careful planning and decision-making. The divorce process is not an easy one to go through, but if the separating couple can take the time to focus on the major issues, the process could be completed amicably.

Divorcing in the New Year for a fresh start


As the year comes to an end, most Massachusetts residents consider what they will do to make the New Year a better one. Although some think of the New Year as bringing new and exciting life events, some married couples might use this as a time to take a break or start fresh. Although there is never an ideal time to get a divorce, a rough year of disputes could cause spouses to seek separation or a dissolution of their marriage.

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