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Can I be forced to leave my home during a divorce?

In Massachusetts, a judge presiding over a couple's divorce proceedings can enter an order requiring either the husband or wife to vacate the marital home for up to 90 days in the event that the other spouse is able to prove that failing to enter such an order would put either the spouse or his or her children at serious risk of harm. The order may be extended for an additional time period as needed.

Legal representation important during divorce

Few people enter marriage thinking that it will end in divorce. Nonetheless, as well all know this does happen, fairly frequently. While most divorces are hard on some level, depending on the circumstances surrounding a split, such as the length of the marriage and the catalyst for the divorce, they can be emotionally difficult to handle. Because of this it is important to have a lawyer, who thoroughly understands the process, on your side. Such an individual can help to make sure that emotions don’t get in the way of obtaining all that you are entitled to in the divorce.

Understanding how a prenup could work for you

If you aren’t sitting on a pile of cash you may think that a prenuptial agreement is not worth entering into before marriage. A prenuptial agreement can be used to protect more than cold hard cash however which could make it worth exploring. Some of the ways in which it may be used may be surprising to readers.

Studies suggest the amount spent on weddings impacts divorce rate

There are of course many things that go into a happy marriage. According to two recent studies, the amount of money spent on the event and the accompanying ring could play a role. The studies found that couples who spent less on the event and ring actually had marriages that lasted longer. The results of these studies might prompt some residents of the state of Massachusetts to think twice about their big day.

Number of states in which same-sex marriage deemed legal grows

While same sex-marriage is currently recognized in the state of Massachusetts, readers are likely aware that this is not the case throughout the nation. Action recently taken by the U.S. Supreme Court may have gone a long way toward changing that.

Tips for how to handle a divorce midlife

In the course of a divorce there are many issues that need to be addressed. Some of those issues are financial and pertain to alimony and the division of assets. Other matters concern children such as who will have custody and the amount of child support that will be paid by the noncustodial parent. Exactly what will need to be worked through depends on a variety of factors including the age of the couple that is splitting.

Issues that could arise when same-sex couples seek to divorce

Same-sex couples who marry often encounter the same trials as opposite sex couples. This means that as is the case when a man and woman marry, there are times when the marriage between a same-sex couple will end. When this happens they will have to address the same issues as opposite sex divorcing couples do, including asset division and sometimes child custody and support matters.

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