As the year comes to an end, most Massachusetts residents consider what they will do to make the New Year a better one. Although some think of the New Year as bringing new and exciting life events, some married couples might use this as a time to take a break or start fresh. Although there is never an ideal time to get a divorce, a rough year of disputes could cause spouses to seek separation or a dissolution of their marriage.
Whether a couple is together for a few years or decades, there are various important factors to consider and go over during the dissolution of their marriage. Married couples in Massachusetts going through a divorce may have some serious family law issues to get through. For most, property division is not only an important decision-making process but it is also a very difficult procedure to work through. It could also become very complex if the couple has numerous assets and marital property. Furthermore, how they distribute their property could also affect them in other ways down the line.
When couples in Massachusetts decide to get married, many decisions go into making that desire a reality. The same goes for divorce. When a marriage turns sour, the choice to dissolve the marriage is often a very difficult reality to face. No matter the reason the couple decides to part ways, the divorce process often means facing a difficult decision-making process, which often includes major issues such as property division.
The prospect of a divorce conjures images of lengthy court battles and bitter fights for many Massachusetts residents. Although litigation cannot be avoided in every case, family law mediation or collaborative divorce offer realistic alternatives to the traditional path of litigation.
One of the hardest aspects of a divorce is often determining which spouse gets what from the marital property. In fact, the issue of property division can be so divisive that spouses splitting on amicable terms could even find themselves in a trial disputing ownership of certain assets. While it may be easy to anticipate some legal struggle over the obvious major assets, say over ownership of the family home or motor vehicles, it often happens that major disputes occur over assets that many spouses did not even consider when first entering into their divorce.
People going through or considering a divorce oftentimes find themselves in need of advice. While it may be possible to find emotional comfort and reassurance from family and friends, finding a reliable expert for legal questions can be more difficult. Hoping to reach out to individuals in their community who maybe in need of their services, the Massachusetts Bar Association will be hosting a Phone-a-Lawyer service where people in need of legal advice can call in and get their questions answered.
Prenuptial agreements do not carry the stigma that they once did, and today many couples choose to protect their assets through such an agreement. The postnuptial agreement, which is created after a couple is already married, is less well known by society. Just like prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements can be very helpful for property division during a divorce.
Adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding decisions that a couples in Salem can make. Through adoption, couples who often cannot have children of their own are able to provide a loving home to a child that may otherwise have a difficult life.
While a divorce in Massachusetts dissolves a marriage, it also creates a set of legally binding promises between the ex-spouses. One such obligation is child support, in which the non-custodial parent promises to make payments to the custodial parent.
Salem residents who follow the news are likely very familiar with the "fiscal cliff" that dominated headlines at the end of 2012. To avert this fiscal cliff, Congress passed a series of tax reforms entitled the American Taxpayer Relief Act. The ATRA went into effect on January 1, 2013, and is already affecting property division during divorce.