Sadly, a Massachusetts divorce often involves lies and deception. Although the parties in a Massachusetts divorce action are obligated to make full and complete disclosures of their assets and liabilities, it is not uncommon for one spouse to attempt to hide marital property. By hiding assets, one of the parties may attempt to keep those assets from being equitably distributed and reduce the amount of child support and alimony they would otherwise be required to pay.
It's a rare occurrence these days when we do not have to address social media in a Massachusetts divorce or paternity child custody case.
There are some situations in which your Massachusetts attorney may recommend that you retain certain professionals, such as an accountant, appraiser, or vocational expert, to assist with your divorce case.
Transmutation is a term used in family law to describe property that has been 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.