When divorcing in Massachusetts, people are often surprised to know that the end of the marriage is counted in two ways. The first is the date of separation and the second is the actual finalization of divorce. But, why does it matter when you separated? Does it have any legally binding consequences?
You have heard the stories about people suffering financially as they struggle to cope with the drastic aftermath of their divorce. Now, you are looking for ways to boost your own financial situation and prevent your divorce from creating too much strain so you can continue to live a comfortable life. At Armstrong Law, P.C., we are committed to helping people in Massachusetts to work through their divorce as quickly as possible with minimal repercussions.
If one of the marital assets you and your spouse own in Massachusetts is a family business, what happens to it when you divorce likely will become a major issue. If you are like most couples, your family business represents not only your greatest asset, but also the one that provides most, if not all, of your family income. Consequently, how you split it up undoubtedly will have lasting consequences for both of you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?