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Marital property: Ease the division process in Massachusetts

As many Massachusetts residents know, property division during a divorce can become a big issue. There can be definite gray areas where the ownership of certain possessions is not an easy task to determine. In cases of marital property, one party may see ownership of an item while the other party does as well. In these instances, each individual involved must decide whether he or she is ready to part with certain pieces or fight for them.

Massachusetts led way for Florida alimony reform

Divorce often leads to many questions that need to be answered. Financial obligations of all parties involved as well as child custody and support tend to be the forerunners of issues that need speedy resolutions. The laws governing these issues can seem complicated and can become outdated. Massachusetts passed an alimony reform in 2011 which changed alimony laws for the state. This reform sparked national interest, and alimony reform is currently a hot button issue in Florida.

How a divorce attorney can assist in child custody

When it comes to divorce, many cringe at the thought of the legal fees associated with the process. Virtually everyone in Massachusetts has friends or family that has gone through the process and can attest that ending a marriage is not cheap. However, as with many financial decisions, the decision to attempt to save money at the outset could actually end up costing more in the end. This is especially true in instances in which child custody is an issue.

Massachusetts child support owed by noncustodial parent

A recent case from another, nearby state may be of interest to readers in Massachusetts. The issue involves the payment of child support by a father of a young child. In that case, the father argued that he was not the non-custodial parent of the child, thus he should not have to pay child support to the child's mother.

Decision making pitfalls in Massachusetts divorce

Many Massachusetts residents who have gone through a divorce look back and wish that they had done certain things differently. As with any significant decision, hindsight is 20/20. For those who are currently considering filing for divorce, or who have recently begun the process, the following tips may help avoid some of the negative ramifications of certain choices.

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