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How can you help your children through a holiday divorce?

It is often said that children are the most highly impacted when their parents split up, so there is never going to be an "easy" time to get a divorce in Massachusetts. However, a holiday divorce can be even more problematic because it detracts from the joy of the season and it really exposes the realities of what things are like when a family unit breaks up. There are some things that you can do to help your children through this, however.

First and foremost, it is very important to be mature and calm about the whole thing. It is going to be emotional, but do not let those emotions get the best of you so that you ruin the season for your children.

Massachusetts divorce questions: What is a financial affidavit?

When it comes to divorce, Massachusetts residents will have their entire financial lives exposed. Indeed, no stones will be left unturned by the family law judge and your spouse's attorney as your assets and property are reviewed and analyzed. Your own divorce attorney will also need to look at all the details pertaining to your financial life. As a part of this process, both you and your spouse will have to file what is commonly referred to as a financial affidavit.

Your financial affidavit will catalog your assets and liabilities, how much money you earn and how much money you spend. Completing the document can be complicated, but it is critical that it is done in a fashion that complies with the law if you want to avoid the possibility of legal problems later on down the road. Also, because you will swear under the penalty of perjury that your affidavit is completely accurate, it is essential that everything contained in it is absolutely true.

Are divorce, alimony and child support agreements final?

At Novick & Meyers, we handle a variety of family law issues. Most of the cases that we provide services for are divorce matters. Under the category of divorce, some of the most difficult challenges that couples must resolve include child custody, alimony, child support and divorce agreement modifications.

In all matters of divorce, it is preferable that both parents come to agreement by way of a reasonable out-of-court settlement. However, this is not always possible. At Novick & Meyers, we will make every effort to bring your divorce disagreement to an amicable conclusion. We will also protect your rights at trial when it is necessary to do so.

Why Massachusetts couples may want to consider a 'pet prenup'

One of the most emotional factors in a couple's divorce may well be who gets custody of the pets. However, many couples may be surprised to learn that their beloved four-legged friends are actually considered property in the eyes of the law.

In many cases, both spouses love the animal and want to continue to have it in their lives. According to one of the authors of "The Dog-Lover's Companion to Boston," fighting over a pet is understandable because "[o]ur pets get very attached to us, and we get very attached to them." Sometimes, however, one spouse will seek custody of the animal simply to get back at the other one.

Legal hurdles if custody is violated by international kidnapping

International parental kidnapping is the official term used when one parent, generally after a divorce, takes a child to another country so that the other parent cannot be involved with the child. This is a violation of child custody rights, and it is illegal in Massachusetts under federal law. Parents are not allowed to obstruct a custody ruling in this way, whether they agree with it or not.

There are some legal hurdles that can be faced if this happens, however, and you should be aware of what the legal battle may look like if you find yourself in this position.

Billionaire Harold Hamm to pay historic sum to ex-wife

The renowned multi-billionaire entrepreneur, Harold Hamm, will be going down in history books for having one of the most expensive divorces ever. Over the last half-decade, the oil and gas magnate has built an empire in the industry, as he shrewdly amassed a fortune of an estimated $18 billion. According to Forbes, he is the 24th richest individual in America. Now, his soon-to-be ex-wife will be crowned one of the richest women in the United States, too, as a result of the massive divorce payments she will receive.

The billionaire entrepreneur did not enter into a prenuptial agreement with his second wife Sue Ann Hamm when they married in 1988. Now, a judge has ruled that he will pay Mrs. Hamm approximately $1 billion in divorce payments. The massive payout will occur over a period of years.

What are the legal advantages to same-sex partners marrying?

The number of states where same-sex couples can legally marry seems to be growing by the week. It may seem hard to believe that it's only been a little over a decade since same-sex marriage was in Massachusetts. For gay couples in a committed relationship who now have the chance to take their union to the next step, there are some important legal issues to consider.

If one spouse dies, issues involving inheritance, taxes, property and parental rights are generally less complicated than for an unmarried couple.

Why high asset divorces demand an attorney

When a married couple has significant assets, a divorce can become a true battle. Not all high asset divorces are like this, but property division can be very contentious. It seems the only thing divorcing couples may fight over more is their children.

When it comes to a high asset divorce, there can be a wide range of assets, including real estate, businesses, off-shore accounts, stocks, retirement accounts and more. Art collections, vehicles and other property can all be things that couples fight over.

When a business is part of property division in a divorce

Many married couples own businesses that they have put a lot of time, energy and money into. What happens to the business when such a couple divorces? If there have been plans made for what would happen in a divorce, then the property division can go much more smoothly. However, many couples don't take the time to consider prenuptial agreements or buy/sell agreements before getting married.

Here are six steps that should be considered when divorcing while owning a business:

The changes to alimony in Massachusetts

Some people have speculated that alimony, as it has been traditionally understood, could be coming to an end. They point to recent reforms that were made to the laws in Massachusetts as evidence of this change.

Before the reforms, alimony could be permanent. This meant that some people got married for just a little while -- maybe just a few years -- and then had to spend far more time making alimony payments. The reforms got rid of this and set up a new formula to be used in determining how much would have to be paid and for how long.

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