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The Danger of Plotting Revenge During a Massachusetts Divorce

The stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and emotional upheaval that come with theDivorce 50.jpg divorce process in Massachusetts can bring out the worst in otherwise good people. Divorce attorneys are well accustomed to hearing clients say: "I want my ex to pay!!!" Usually such comments are innocuous and made as exaggerated expressions of hurt or anger.

Are You Required to Prove Fault in a Massachusetts Divorce?

It is understandable that after watching TV shows and movies depicting divorce,Divorce 21.jpgyou could come away with the conclusion that it is required to prove fault in a Massachusetts divorce case. Many scenes depict the dramatic moment of pinning the blame on one party or another, proving abandonment, abuse, or infidelity.

Do You Really Need To Hire a Massachusetts Divorce Attorney?

If you're facing a change in your marriage and family life, you're not alone in Massachusetts. TheDivorce 55.jpg best thing you can do is to find out what your options are, and learn how to protect yourself, your assets, and/or your children. One of the most common questions someone in this situation asks is, "Do I really need to hire an attorney to represent me?"

infographic: The Importance of Family Dinners

Studies show that families in Massachusetts who eat dinner together on a regular basis tend to produce offspring who are happier, healthier, and oftentimes more successful ...It turns out, eating dinner together is a recipe for more conversation between family members, stronger ties, and positive communication, among other things.

In a Massachusetts Military Divorce, a LES is More

A LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) is the service member's pay stub.LES statement.jpg Service members receive a LES twice monthly; on the 15th of the month and the last day of the month. On the 15th of the month, the LES has no detail just the amount paid. On the last day of the month the LES will have a detailed breakdown.

Adultery and a Massachusetts Military Divorce

"If I am in the process of obtaining a Massachusetts divorce can I get in  trouble in the military for adultery? This is a frequently asked question and the answer to this straightforward question can be anything but simple.

Will Your Massachusetts Alimony and Child Support Case Benefit From Retaining a Vocational Expert?

There are some situations in which your Massachusetts attorney may recommend that you retainJob Description Form.jpg certain professionals, such as an accountant, appraiser, or vocational expert, to assist with your divorce case.

Does It Matter in a Divorce If One Spouse Was the "Breadwinner" During a Massachusetts Marriage?

A common refrain that attorneys hear during the divorce process in MassachusettsAsset division.png is: "I earned all the money during the marriage, so why should I have to give my ex half of everything I own?" Employment income that is earned during the marriage is considered marital income, regardless of which spouse earned it. Massachusetts equitable distribution laws are based upon the concept that marriage is a partnership in which both spouses make valuable contributions. If one spouse is employed outside the home and earns income, and the other spouse is a stay-at-home parent who takes care of the home and family, then both spouses are contributing their respective efforts to the marriage.

Attorney Camaraderie During Divorce Proceedings in Massachusetts

Attorneys who specialize in Divorce and Family Law in Massachusetts will probably try many casesAgreement.jpg against each other over the years. They will attend the same professional events, and may even work on committees together. Camaraderie develops naturally over the years. Just because your attorney and your spouse's attorney exchange pleasantries, share a joke, or have lunch together, does not mean that they are being disloyal to their clients. Your attorney is professionally committed to the best result for you given the facts of your case and the law. Being rude, hostile, or mean to opposing counsel does nothing to further your case, and generally harms your case rather than helping. 

Can My Spouse Be Ordered to Pay My Attorney Fees In a Massachusetts Divorce?

Massachusetts law allows a judge to order one party to pay the other party'smoney reasonable attorney's fees in certain family related legal matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and post-divorce actions.

Transmutation - How Separate Property Can Become Marital Property In a Massachusetts Divorce

Transmutation is a term used in family law to describe property that has beenProperty.jpg transformed from a party's separate property into marital property in Massachusetts. In the context of equitable distribution, the term "separate property" refers to property that is owned by one spouse individually. A spouse's separate property includes all property he or she owned prior to the marriage, acquired by gift from a third-party during the marriage, or received by inheritance.

Divorced Parents in Massachusetts Should Agree on Discipline

The discipline of children is a frequent source of post-divorce litigation in Massachusetts. When Family Dispute.jpgdivorced parents have different opinions about how to manage their children's behavior, they often go to court expecting the court to approve one approach and forbid the other.

Child Support in Massachusetts: Does Income Affect Custody?

Raising a child in Massachusetts is expensive. Both parents share a duty toChild Support 10.jpg financially provide for their child, regardless of custody or parental rights. Likewise, every child has a right to financial support from his or her parents. While the court will consider many factors when making a decision on custody, income alone won't prevent a parent from getting custody of his or her child.

infographic: A Parent's Guide to Children and Divorce in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts divorce is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through, whether they're a spouse or a child of divorcing parents.

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