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Divorce in Massachusetts can include alimony and other issues

Former US Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., and his estranged wife have decided to end their marriage. The former representative filed the divorce action last year, but the couple had to complete a required mediation program before moving their divorce forward towards a trial. Among the issues discussed in the mediation, a report that may be of interest to those in Massachusetts, were alimony, property division and child-related matters.

The soon-to-be divorced couple were both convicted of felonies prior to the end of their marriage. The convictions revolved around the taking of monies and tax questions relating to campaign funds. Both spouses are now out of prison and living in different states.

The discussions regarding the terms of their divorce have not gone well, the report indicates. What is known is that the couple are the parents of two children and that there will be questions relating to alimony and child support, child custody and parenting issues to be decided before the divorce is finalized. This list of issues may be familiar to many in Massachusetts who have gone through the divorce process.

As is the case in Massachusetts, when a marriage ends, a couple must work to determine how to divide assets, who will pay alimony and how child related matters will be decided. Many times, soon-to-be-ex spouses are ordered to attempt mediation before moving forward in the court towards divorce. When that effort fails, as happened for the Jackson family, the legal process moves toward a trial. This sometimes-complicated legal process may be confusing to some going through a divorce, and in such instances, the help of an experienced professional can be invaluable.

Source: chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson divorce trial date set after 'mediation was not successful'", Katherine Skiba, July 25, 2017

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