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Chris Rock's prenup expired before his divorce

Massachusetts residents who are fans of comedian Chris Rock might be interested to learn about his divorce. In December, Rock filed for divorce from his wife and agreed that the prenuptial agreement they had previously signed had expired. Now, Rock's estranged wife is seeking a portion of his $70 million estate that is commensurate with the marital standard of living.

Social Security benefits and divorce

When a Massachusetts couple is contemplating a divorce, there are often several issues that must be considered. If the couple has children, they may need to determine where the children will live and how much in child support the custodial parent may seek. However, many couples who are heading towards their 10-year anniversary may not realize that there are future matters that they may be forgetting about.

Avoiding common financial mistakes when getting a divorce

When spouses in Massachusetts are pursuing a divorce, there are precautions they can take in order to keep the process as simple as possible. The effects of the end of a marriage can continue on long after the divorce decree is finalized, especially when it comes to financial matters. Due to this, there are some major issues spouses should avoid during the process.

Facebook may be ruining relationships in Massachusetts

Two studies indicate that Facebook and social media may be causing relationship problems and breakups. A survey of 2,000 married people in the United Kingdom found that one in seven respondents had thought about divorcing their spouse as a result of social media activity, which includes sites like Twitter, Skype and SnapChat in addition to Facebook. About 25 percent of those who took the survey said they had at least one argument a week about social media, and 17 percent said it the cause of a daily argument.

Using Facebook to serve notice of divorce in Massachusetts

For people in Massachusetts who have exhausted other, more traditional channels of contacting spouses in a contentious divorce, serving documents via Facebook may be the last recourse. New case law emerging out of New York and other states sets a precedent for this kind of service, but for a court to view such service favorably, there must be exceptional circumstances prohibiting location or service of the spouse.

Common divorce myths

Individuals in Massachusetts who are considering divorce may have several common misconceptions about the process. One of those is that divorce can be done easily by signing papers before a lawyer. In fact, even simple and amicable divorces are matters that involve the state, and as a result, they cost money and still must go through the court system.

Social Security benefits after divorce in Massachusetts

When someone gets a divorce, they may assume that they do not have the right to claim spousal Social Security benefits. However, there are a number of situations where someone may still claim spousal benefits as well as survivor's benefits, and there are even circumstances where a person may be able to claim them if they remarried.

During divorce, don't forget about your health

Going through a breakup is always difficult, no matter how necessary it may be. And working through every detail of a divorce can be a major stressor that lasts for months or more. Although finalizing your divorce will allow you to move on financially, the stress of divorce can take an emotional and physical toll. Focusing on your own well-being during the process can keep you healthy both physically and mentally.

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