When making the difficult decision to obtain a divorce in Massachusetts, there are many factors to take into consideration. One potentially complex issue is the dual citizenship status of one or both parties. For example, an individual can hold dual citizenship if they are born in a foreign country to American parents. This person is then a citizen of the country of birth and the United States. People can also acquire foreign citizenship by marrying a citizen of another country, or becoming a citizen of the U.S. without losing citizenship in their native country.
Couples who conceived children with the help of a sperm donor may find the outcome of a divorce case in Indiana very interesting. This couple separated several years ago, but they are still finalizing their divorce, in part because the husband claimed he should not be responsible for paying child support, since he is not the biological father of their children. However, both a county court and a state appeals court saw this matter differently.
Many changes take place during a divorce. However, divorcing couples with children may benefit from being aware of other types of financial difficulties that can arise years after a divorce. For instance, when a high school student with divorced parents applies for financial aid, the roles of each parent in the student's life may impact the student's financial aid package.
Discussions regarding property division will most likely come up during a divorce. In addition to separating physical possessions, couples will also probably talk about separating their finances. Since most married couples combine their finances, a divorce can have a significant impact on the financial security of both spouses.
For many divorced couples, their children keep them in contact with each other for potentially years after the divorce is finalized. Managing child custody arrangements and child support agreements can be trying, especially when the relationship between the adults has dissolved.
Weddings can take a variety of forms; some are intimate, whereas others have hundreds of guests. Massachusetts residents have probably attended many types of weddings. Though more rare, some weddings even occur over the telephone. This method of entering a marriage may not be very common, but a Maryland court ruled recently that it is just as valid as an in-person ceremony.
Divorce usually brings up debates about which spouse will get to keep which shared belongings. Massachusetts couples trying to settle their divorce probably understand well that property division can be stressful and time-consuming.
When a couple works through a divorce, there are likely ill feelings between the spouses. In anticipation of working through property division, child support payments and alimony settlements, a spouse may think that setting aside some money would be a smart way to ensure one leaves the marriage with more assets than one's spouse.
A recent study indicates that when brides or grooms have doubts about getting married, but marry anyway, their marriages end in divorce more often. In particular, the level of doubt (or confidence) of brides in the study was correlated with a future divorce. The study reports that "women who experienced pre-marriage jitters were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than women who were confident about getting married."
Issues that arise during a divorce will likely differ depending on a couple's stage of life. Young couples with children likely face challenges coming to a custody agreement and figuring out child support or alimony payments. However, couples who divorce in their 50s, 60s, or 70s may have different concerns when handling a divorce settlement.