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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.

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.

Massachusetts leads the pack in alimony payments

There are many complex and emotional issues that must be addressed during the course of a divorce. While each of these issues comes with its own difficulties, the most controversial is often alimony. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a monthly payment made by the higher income spouse to the lower income spouse. The purpose of alimony payments is to correct any unfair financial consequences that may develop as a result of the divorce.

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.

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.

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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