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Filing for divorce right after you move

People end their marriages for countless reasons and at different times in their lives. For example, some may push off their divorce until their kids have reached adulthood, while others may end their marriage after being married for a matter of months. Some people are in unique situations too, such as those who decide that their marriage needs to come to an end after recently relocating to a new home, a new city or even a different state. If you have recently moved with your spouse, there are different considerations you should go over when it comes to the divorce process.

When children overhear talk of a divorce

Ending your marriage could present many challenges, whether you have uncertainty about how your future will be affected once you split up with your spouse or you have concerns about legal matters. However, all of these worries can be eclipsed by other issues, such as the impact your divorce may have on your child. Ending a marriage can be difficult for children, and they may wonder how their life will be affected by this huge life decision. Moreover, you may find yourself in a position where you have to explain your divorce to your kids even though you were not ready to tell them about it.

Property division: What you should know

There are many factors to negotiate when going through the divorce process. One of the most challenging may be that of property division. Whether you have just recently filed for divorce or are considering initiating the process, you may want to think about how the property and assets accumulated during the marriage will be divided in the divorce settlement. Massachusetts is an equitable division of property state, meaning the estate will be divided according to what the judge deems fair and just.

Do you suspect your spouse is hiding assets?

Couples going through a divorce in Massachusetts have a lot to consider and agree upon. While you may want to believe your spouse is being truthful and straightforward about his or her assets, it is in your best interest to do some extra digging and make sure nothing is being hidden and held back from you.

Benefits of a postnuptial agreement

Married couples in Massachusetts may have entered into the union without a prenuptial agreement because the thought of separation seemed impossible. However, once the honeymoon stage has passed, one or both spouses may realize it would be beneficial to write up an agreement that defines certain aspects of the marriage. This can be done after the I-Dos have been said, and it is called a postnuptial agreement. 

How do I handle a military divorce?

If you are a milspouse (military spouse) you know that as with everything else in the military, both marriage and divorce are far more complicated than they are for civilians. While military regulations and federal law may govern much about your marriage and divorce, how does Massachusetts state law impact the proceedings if you are a military spouse and wish to obtain a divorce?

Is legal separation possible in Massachusetts?

There may come a situation where you wish to take on all the trappings of a divorce without actually completely terminating your marriage - aka, a temporary or permanent separation. Yet not all states have a legal statute governing separations versus divorce; can you pursue a legal separation from your spouse in Massachusetts?

I want to file for divorce...but can not find my spouse?

One of the more difficult cases of divorce is one in which abandonment or disappearance comes into play. Divorce law in Massachusetts generally requires that one party serve another with divorce papers, or that both parties file jointly. When your spouse has gone missing and you have not been able to find them through any means, however, what happens when you wish to divorce but cannot serve divorce papers?

Should I file a fault or no-fault divorce?

You never wanted it to come to this, but the day is finally here; you and your partner have decided to divorce, and end your lives together. Although it is a difficult decision to make, a solid understanding of Massachusetts divorce law can at least make the procedure more painless than your separation. One of the first things you need to understand is that divorce comes in multiple classifications, and you must choose if you will file a fault or no-fault divorce.

Prenups can be a critical part of the property division process

When two people get married, they make a serious commitment to each other that isn't rivaled by many other institutions or responsibilities. However, there are times where the married couple realizes that their relationship can't go on. They see the writing on the wall, and they accept the irreconcilable differences they now share. A divorce shortly follows, and then the soon-to-be-former spouses have to figure out what happens to the property they have accumulated over the years.

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