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Study shows happiness may increase after divorce


For many people, one of the hardest parts of a divorce is coping with the difficult emotions that arise during a separation. Oftentimes people can become overwhelmed with grief, making it hard to focus on the practical necessities. Sometimes people are fearful about their life after a divorce, unsure of what their future will hold. While the popular conception of a person after a divorce may be a gloomy one, the truth may be brighter than expected.

Data shows opinions on marriage and divorce shifting


With the legal changes to alimony determination now setting in, it may come as no surprise to Massachusetts residents that opinions on divorces and how to handle them change over time. It's hard not to notice that societal opinions on relationships appears to have changing, with new studies showing that more people are cohabitating before marriage, waiting to get married longer and even sometimes avoiding marriage altogether. Experts have also noticed growing acceptance of divorce, indicated by so called "grey divorces" amongst individuals over the age of 50.

Kardashian divorce officially finalized

For those who follow the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," or have heard of the divorce in Massachusetts news reports, it may be already known that Kim Kardashian and her ex-husband Kris Humphries were engaged in a long and contentious divorce. While an agreement was made and signed off on by a judge in April, the divorce has only now become official.

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.

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