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Methods used to hide assets ahead of divorce

If you and your spouse are heading for a split, you may have experienced a breakdown of trust somewhere along the way, whether due to infidelity, spending habits or what have you. If you already distrust your partner, you may have valid concerns about him or her attempting to stockpile assets and conceal money from you so that he or she gets the better deal after the divorce.

Pushing for shared child custody

For years, courts have determined which parent is fit to be the primary caregiver for a child after a divorce if the parents are unable to decide amongst themselves. Now, a number of states, including Massachusetts, are pushing for shared child custody after divorce. A number of arguments have been made both for and against this growing practice.

The possibility of appeals in a high asset divorce

A significant number of people living in Massachusetts going through a divorce eagerly await the day when it will all be over. The process often puts an unusual amount of stress, both financial and emotional, on the people involved. However, especially in a high asset divorce, one party may not be satisfied with the final outcome and pursue an appeal. An appeal could focus on spousal support and/or property division issues decided at the trial court level, among a myriad of other concerns. In some instances, these appeals can continue back and forth over long periods of time. 

The long battle for child support

In Massachusetts, as well as many other states, divorce is not an uncommon practice amongst couples with children. However, divorces involving children can often become more complicated and stressful for not only the parents but for the children as well. Some families struggle to collect child support payments from former spouses, and the court battles that follow can be drawn out over several months or even years. It may come as a shock to many that some courts put a deadline on certain types of cases, including child support cases. 

Child custody between same-sex couples

Massachusetts attorneys have seen their fair share of marriages end in divorce. Sometimes, former spouses are able to get along during and after the divorce is final, but there are some circumstances that can put an extra strain on what remains of the relationship. Determining child custody has the potential to turn any divorce into a vicious battle, and it can be made worse when only one of the parents is the biological parent.

3 provisions to include in your prenup

When you are in love, you may think you will never need a prenuptial agreement, or prenup. That is until something difficult happens down the road and you are heading towards divorce. While divorce is not a guarantee, it is certainly a possibility that you should prepare for. 

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