A Massachusetts divorce has a way of sneaking up on people - both in the request for it and in the process that follows. While we all have a generalized idea of how divorce works because, we've all watched movies and movies teach us that there are lawyers and paperwork that needs to be signed, it can be and often is far more complicated than people realize. So, what are some parts of the divorce process that many don't see coming?
A Massachusetts divorce is one of the most emotionally taxing events a person can experience, a fact that undoubtedly leads to numerous poor decisions when filing the ensuing paperwork. One of the most common areas where errors are made is during the process of alimony negotiation.
A Massachusetts divorce for some, it means liberation. For others, loss. For women in particular, the doubling of the divorce rate for the 50-plus crowd since the 1990s can mean something far more prosaic: a need to shoulder the big financial decisions they'd let their spouses deal with when they were married.
The goal of your Massachusetts divorce process is not only to put a legal end to your marriage so that you can move on with your life. The goal of your divorce process must also include the negotiation a fair settlement agreement, so that when you do move on, you'll have a financial footing that's as firm as possible.
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.
As technology advances, it also impacts the way parties to a Massachusetts family law case may try to present evidence to the court. However, these advancements are not always for the better. One major development is the creation of cell phone apps that allow you to print off the text message from your phone.
When their child is getting divorced in Massachusetts, most parents are appalled to to learn that Massachusetts, unlike other states, allows the court to consider the future inheritance of a divorcing spouse when determining how to divide the marital estate. Although a future expectancy of an inheritance is not divisible in a divorce, "the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income: is one factor, among many, that the court weighs in the process of equitable distribution.
As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very prominent in Massachusetts divorce cases. This is largely because they are a great source of evidence. It is not uncommon for clients to show up for divorce consults with large stacks of text messages from a spouse or Facebook posts. The field of Family Law is responding to this increasing prevalence of digital information with the increased use of computer forensic investigators/experts.
Sometimes during divorce proceedings one spouse may claim to suffer from a disability that affects their ability to work. When your spouse claims to be disabled, you might wonder if there is anything that you can do about it. It may sound awful to question the honesty of your once beloved spouse especially as it relates to a medical condition. But sometimes further exploration is necessary to determine the true extent of your spouse's disability and its effect on their ability to work. This is especially the case if your spouse has already given you reason not to trust.