We often discuss the financial and emotional tolls that divorce -- or any family legal battle -- can take on a person. Between the complexities of the legal system and incredible strain that comes with such an important life event, a person often walks away from a divorce with scars and emotional injuries that need time to heal.
If you are divorcing in Massachusetts, you could very well be expecting to receive or pay some amount of spousal support, or alimony. However, it is important to understand that there is no guarantee that the courts will award alimony in any individual case. And while spousal support is not reserved for only affluent or high-profile couples, people don't always wind up with an order for alimony.
If you are getting divorced, there are many obstacles that can stand between you and the equitable division of your assets.
In recent years, numerous states have considered and passed measures to update alimony laws to better reflect the reality of today's divorces. While decades ago, many women did not work outside the home and therefore relied on their husbands’ income, these days, it is more common for both spouses to earn incomes.
Many people living in Massachusetts are not aware that lump sum alimony might be an option post-divorce. Like any legal agreement, the court must first approve of the payment and your ex will have to agree as well. Without knowing the details of your divorce and your lifestyle, it is not possible to answer your question with a simple yes or no. A better approach is to tell you about the potential pros and cons of accepting a lump sum alimony payment in lieu of monthly installments.
There’s no doubt that people in Massachusetts and throughout the U.S. love their pets. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as many as 47 percent of U.S. households own a dog and up to 37 percent a cat. For many of the individuals, couples and families who own a dog or cat, their animal companion is viewed as being much more than just a pet. It can be particularly difficult, therefore, when a couple decides to split and decisions related to the custody of a pet must be decided.
At its core, divorce is a legal process through which a marriage contract is dissolved. In reality, however, the process is often wrought with emotion. While it's completely normal and even healthy that an individual who is going through a divorce experiences strong feelings, the vast majority of which are unfortunately negative, during a divorce it's important not to allow such emotions and feelings to take over.
Warmer weather, greening grass and advertisements for tax services all indicate that spring, and the April tax filing deadline, is just around the corner. For Massachusetts residents who are currently going through or were divorced during 2015, it’s important to understand how divorce impacts taxes.
All parents want what's best for their children and to see their children grow up and be happy. However, with one out of every two marriages ending in divorce, many parents are forced to cope with a grown son’s or daughter’s divorce. While seeing one's own child in pain is hard enough, it can be almost unbearable when there are grandchildren involved.