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July 2012 Archives

Divorce causes more financial harm the second time around

Marriage statistics across the U.S. show that approximately 50 percent of unions will end in divorce. The end of a marriage is always distressing, no matter how unhappy the partners may be or how much the split is desired. Financial concerns are some of the biggest challenges to face when it comes to divorce, and new research suggests that the financial toll of divorce gets harder the second time around.

Low-income parents face child support issues

Paying child support can be difficult for some fathers in Massachusetts. With the average child support award approaching up to 35 percent of a person's income, those who make a small amount each month can find it hard to pay for other expenses such as the cost of rent or heat. In addition, in some cases, the non-custodial paying father has another family that he is trying to support as well.

Real estate the subject of a lawsuit in celebrity divorce

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that -- as is true in many divorces -- real estate is among the main concerns of a lawsuit filed against television and movie star Parminder Nagra. Her soon-to-be ex-husband has asked a court to award him a 50-percent share of three real estate properties and $500,000 in damages. The lawsuit comes during the couple's divorce and claims that James Stenson, Nagra's soon-to-be ex, managed all of the real estate and investments for Nagra, both before and during their marriage.

Get through your divorce with these tips for coping with stress

As many Massachusetts residents know, divorce and stress are often a package deal. Divorce causes stress because it interrupts your day-to-day operations, and there are a range of new feelings to experience and confront. You are no longer on that same schedule you were when you were married. You are single and on your own.

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