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Infidelity ranked highest in Gallop poll on immoral behavior

A new Gallop poll shows that many Americans views about marriage, divorce and relationships may be shifting, and recent marriage debates in Massachusetts shows that the state may be no different. According to the new poll, Americans views have shifted to be more accepting of divorce, pre-marital romantic relationships, same-sex marriage, and having children out of wedlock. On the other hand, Americans have overwhelmingly become less tolerant of one behavior in particular: infidelity.

Tips for an inexpensive and efficient divorce

Making the decision to get divorce can be a difficult one to make, but once it's made, most people would agree that getting the proceedings started and completed with as few complications as possible is the best possible scenario. While this may not always be possible when a divorce is coupled with contentious issues such as complex property division or child custody, there are several tips which those facing a divorce can use to make things easier on themselves.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher divorce yet to be finalized

When going into a divorce, many people are hoping to have the proceedings finished with as little trouble as possible. While the situation may naturally bring out some negative emotions, couples going through a mutually agreed upon divorce, in Massachusetts as well as elsewhere, are sometimes able to put aside their feelings and finalize their divorce with few problems. For these individuals, an option such as settling their divorce through mediation may be a way to avoid a lengthy trial. Others, however, perhaps because of complex financial problems or personal reasons, are not able to settle their divorce quickly.

Establishing independent credit before divorce may be beneficial

For a stay at home parent, the financial consequences of a divorce can be particularly difficult to handle. Besides the cost of the divorce proceedings, reacquiring steady income after a prolonged hiatus from the workplace can be challenging for anyone, with or without children. While some people may have a period of financial security provided by accumulated savings, those who became financially dependent on their spouse may need to take steps to guarantee their financial wellbeing.

Unsealed documents show details of Brian France's divorce

When a divorce is finalized, it doesn't necessarily mean an end of legal troubles between ex-spouses, especially when the issue of child custody is involved. Disputes over visitation rights, custody arrangements or alimony payments can all cause additional problems. While all of these problems could be avoided through cooperation outside of a courtroom, sometimes agreements can't be made.

Using a prenuptial agreement to assign debt after divorce

Dividing marital assets in a divorce can be a complex and emotional task. Dividing assets can be even more difficult when there are debts. Unfortunately before a court will finalize a divorce couples must address these issues. While many factors effect property division, the most important involve state laws. Massachusetts, for example, is an equitable distribution state. Another factor affecting property division is the presence of a prenuptial agreement.

Intermingled finances and debt in divorce

Often when people divorce they are concerned with how much of the partnership's assets they will each receive. They are rarely as excited about the amount of shared debt they will acquire, though how debt is divided is an important divorce issue. Couples in Massachusetts should be aware of the situations that may impact just how much debt each former spouse will be liable to acquire.

Why do seemingly stable marriages end in divorce?

Actress Jane Seymour, famous for her role in "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," recently announced that she was splitting from her husband after 20 years of marriage. The two have teenage twin sons. Sources close to the couple are saying that they were having difficulties trusting each other. When seemingly stable marriages suddenly end in divorce, it can make people question the institution of marriage generally.

Think carefully before announcing your divorce via social media

In today's hyper-interconnected world, social media have become a part of daily life for people in Massachusetts. While these websites such as Facebook have allowed people to more easily stay in contact with each other, and Twitter has even been lauded as a major reason why the Arab Spring was possible, they also implicate privacy. Anybody on social media has seen postings or comments that seem a little too private to be broadcast publicly and permanently across the internet.

Divorce now or wait until the children are grown?

Contemplating the end of a marriage can be difficult for any couple in Massachusetts. This is particularly true when the couple has children. When parents realize that their relationship is over, one of the most difficult divorce issues for the couple to face is whether the couple should stay together for the sake of the children.

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