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Divorce 101: A Quick Intro To Filing For Divorce In Massachusetts

Many couples begin their marriage with great hopes and expectations, only to end up in a relationship that unfortunately does not work. Divorce is the legal process that terminates a marriage. There are many steps in the divorce process in Massachusetts and many avenues to take depending on your individual situation. Here is a brief introduction to filing for divorce in Massachusetts and some of what you may encounter.

A divorce can be categorized as “no-fault” or “fault.” There are two categories of a no-fault divorce. They are “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage 1A,” and “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage 1B.” 1A means that both spouses agree that an irretrievable breakdown of their marriage has occurred and that neither are to blame for the end of the marriage, and they have reached an agreement on all divorce issues including but not limited to alimony, asset division and distribution, child support, custody arrangements and they now want to file a joint petition for divorce with the court. (AKA- Uncontested no-fault divorce) 1B means that only one spouse believes that there is an irretrievable breakdown of their marriage or that both spouses agree that neither are to blame for the end of the marriage, … Read More »



Divorce and The Best Interests of the Child

When you’re going through the divorce process and trying to resolve the child support and custody issues, you’ll often hear the terms “best interests of the child.” Generally, the court will consider the new family lifestyle after a divorce and how a child will best be able to adapt to the new changes. It is possible for you and your spouse to ease into your new family dynamic in order to make the transition easier on your child.

Amicable Relationship In order for you and your spouse to best help your child through the divorce process, you should maintain an amicable relationship. While that may not be easy, especially at first, this is extremely beneficial in helping your child’s transition into the family’s new way of life. It’s best to avoid contentious debates about living arrangements, parenting time, child support, and other child-rearing issues.

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Divorce, Deception and Hidden Asset Discovery

Despite irreconcilable differences in a marriage, most people enter the divorce process believing their soon to be ex-spouse is a generally honest person. However, this is not always the situation. The fact is there are those individuals that knowing a divorce is imminent or in their future, will conjure up ways to conceal assets. Regardless, even if you have no reason to suspect your former partner is a liar, there is still good cause to be curious and concerned about your family’s finances heading into a divorce.

Once a divorce begins, some parties will do whatever it takes to conceal and hold on to what they believe is their money. Moreover, some will have even created secret accounts or have performed other devious financial actions during the course of the entire marriage. Discovering these hidden assets, during a divorce will enable you to receive an equitable divorce settlement.

You should never rely entirely on your spouse’s financial affidavit. The good news is an experienced divorce attorney has seen many of these hiding asset schemes before and has many tools at their disposal such as the right to issue subpoenas (court orders to produce records or testimony) to assist in uncovering … Read More »



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