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What to prepare for in a divorce

Since a divorce in Massachusetts can be an expensive and time-consuming event, being prepared can help minimize the costs and time lost to the process. When preparing to go through a divorce, it can be helpful to know the specifics of what the process requires beforehand.

For instance, one of the most primary concerns an individual considering divorce is concerned about is the cost of the divorce itself. While numbers vary based on specific factors, some experts place the approximate cost at nearly $20,000. This expense would include costs such as lawyer's fees and life expenses like finding new housing.

One variable that tends to increase the cost of a divorce is when unique assets need to be valued, oftentimes requiring the assistance of another outside expert. When divorces do not include these complex assets or difficulties such as child support or custody, a divorce could cost significantly less.

When children are involved in a divorce, issues such as child custody and support can be difficult. Determinations for the cost of child support are often made with the best interests of the child in mind. This means that the funds are intended to help with the cost of a child's essential needs. However, these decisions can be contested or changed after the initial ruling, which may cause ongoing difficulties outside of the divorce proceeding itself.

Ultimately, each divorce is going to be unique based on the specific situation of that particular divorce. However, it can be beneficial for those considering a divorce to do additional research and to contact an experienced lawyer with questions requiring more nuanced answers.

Source: Forbes, "What Every Man Needs To Know About The Financial Side Of Divorce," Hayley Kirscher, Sept. 27, 2013

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