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Dividing retirement funds during a divorce


Divorces are difficult enough, without needing to take into consideration the division of marital property. However, the process of property division is oftentimes an area where divorce disputes are prone to arise, so it can be helpful to be aware of common issues and resolutions which may help avoid additional complications. In particular, how to divide complex assets like retirement funds can prove to be challenging to many couples, but there are several common considerations, which can make this process easier.

How staying positive after a divorce can help children


Divorce can be seen as a fresh start for couples in Massachusetts whose marriages have come to an end. However, if the divorce was especially emotional or bitter, it can take a long time for those negative feelings to go away. Nevertheless, it is often for the best for each spouse to put the past behind them and work towards living a positive life, particularly if there are children involved.

Step-parents can face additional difficulties in divorces


When discussing the reasons for a divorce, there are some common trends. Arguments about money, romance, and parenting typically show up on any list about common factors leading to divorce. In fact, problems over parenting in particular often come up as one of the most significant relationship issues for one group of people: step-parents.

Study shows major reasons preventing divorce


Making the choice to get divorced is likely one of the hardest decisions many people will face in their lives. It usually represents a major change in the direction of an individual's life, especially so if the couple had children and a large amount of marital property over the course of their marriage. Besides the emotional toil which many people feel, the technical side of a divorce can seem overwhelming to individuals who are not sure what to expect.

The unexpected questions in property division


One of the hardest aspects of a divorce is often determining which spouse gets what from the marital property. In fact, the issue of property division can be so divisive that spouses splitting on amicable terms could even find themselves in a trial disputing ownership of certain assets. While it may be easy to anticipate some legal struggle over the obvious major assets, say over ownership of the family home or motor vehicles, it often happens that major disputes occur over assets that many spouses did not even consider when first entering into their divorce.

Things to consider in property division for complex divorces

When going through a divorce, one of the most contentious issues is typically the division of assets. Even amongst those who go into divorce proceedings from an amicable perspective can find themselves contentiously disagreeing with one another over property division. Questions such as who gets what property, who is entitled to what pension plans or stocks and who gets to keep the family home can all cause major disagreements. With so much on the line it makes sense to spend time checking into all the details surrounding property division, some of which may be more important than people initially think.

Dial-a-Lawyer hosted by Massachusetts Bar Association

People going through or considering a divorce oftentimes find themselves in need of advice. While it may be possible to find emotional comfort and reassurance from family and friends, finding a reliable expert for legal questions can be more difficult. Hoping to reach out to individuals in their community who maybe in need of their services, the Massachusetts Bar Association will be hosting a Phone-a-Lawyer service where people in need of legal advice can call in and get their questions answered.

Postnuptial agreements can be helpful during property division

Prenuptial agreements do not carry the stigma that they once did, and today many couples choose to protect their assets through such an agreement. The postnuptial agreement, which is created after a couple is already married, is less well known by society. Just like prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements can be very helpful for property division during a divorce.

Man arrested for failing to pay $1.2 million in child support

While a divorce in Massachusetts dissolves a marriage, it also creates a set of legally binding promises between the ex-spouses. One such obligation is child support, in which the non-custodial parent promises to make payments to the custodial parent.

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