When you are going through a Massachusetts divorce, there are a number of different outcomes that may occur in addition to dissolving your marriage. One such outcome is alimony, which is a legally binding financial agreement between a couple that can be awarded during divorce proceedings. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is usually awarded when one spouse has a significantly larger income than the other. In that case, the court mandates regular payments in order to assist with financial security when the divorce is finalized.
A Massachusetts divorce is never easy - even for the most civilized couples. With so much anger, frustration and fear, it's all-too-easy to let your emotions get the best of you. But losing your head can cause you to make one (or more) of these 20 huge mistakes, which can cost you big time.
A Massachusetts divorce can change nearly everything about how you live-your relationship, your home, even what you do for a living. If you own a small business, that business may be subject to division along with the other property you own with your spouse. Learn more about what makes a business a marital asset, and what your options are as a small business owner going through a divorce.
Considering ending a relationship with the person in Massachusetts with whom you decided to spend your entire life is, of course, never an easy decision. And when dealing with whatever factors propelled them to consider severing the tie in the first place, many people put on blinders and forget to ask important questions behind this big decision.
Getting a Massachusetts divorce after having children is unlikely to be a part of anyone's life plans. However, sometimes relationships become so broken that, child or not, there's no other choice but to call it quits. This situation will undoubtedly affect the kid, but the amount of trauma they'll experience depends, in part, on their age when the Massachusetts divorce occurs.
When the Massachusetts court enters an order, all parties named in the order are required to comply with its terms. Your divorce settlement likely included a few orders, such as a parenting plan, a property division order, a child support order, and a spousal maintenance order. Willfully refusing to comply with one or more of these orders is an act of contempt of court. It is important to note that in order for an action to be contempt of court, the offender must willfully, knowingly violate his or her court order. Failure to comply with a court order for reasons beyond the individual's control is not contempt of court.
A Massachusetts divorce is rarely an expedient process, but there are many ways that parties to a split can make it take even longer. Whether out of spite, an unwillingness to compromise, or a desire to reunite, a stalling spouse can cause your Massachusetts divorce to stretch on for years and cost thousands more than it needs to due to mounting attorneys' fees and court costs. If you've become the victim of a stalling spouse, there may be ways that you and your lawyer can address these delay tactics. Read on to learn how to cope with a stalling spouse, and contact a knowledgeable Massachusetts divorce lawyer with any additional questions.
If one of the reasons why your Massachusetts marriage ended was due to your spouse being a narcissist, you probably hoped that things would get better for you and your children after your divorce. In many ways they might have since your daily life is no longer filled with turmoil. However, many parents who try co-parenting with a narcissistic ex-spouse soon realize it doesn't work any better than being married to them.
It should come as no surprise that a Massachusetts divorce is linked to alcohol (ab)use. Research consistently shows that, compared to married people, divorced people drink more and in more harmful ways (e.g. binge drinking), are more likely to have a lifetime or recent alcohol use disorder (AUD) diagnosis, engage in more alcohol-related risky behaviors, and have higher alcohol-related mortality.