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Massachusetts couples may seek divorce rather than Valentines

Valentine's Day is often considered a time for couples to express their love for each other. Unfortunately for some Massachusetts couples, it could be a time to highlight the growing issues of their relationship. Because holidays can be exceedingly stressful, the new year often leads to an evaluation of a relationship and how it handled that holiday stress. If a marriage was already on rocky ground, the actions of a spouse during the holidays could be enough to push the relationship toward divorce.

Many legal professionals who deal with divorce have noted an increase in the number of divorce inquiries and filings during the first couple of months of the year. Many people start out by learning more about divorce options and what it could mean for their particular circumstances. Asking the right questions before entering into a legal battle could save a lot of time and effort.

Not all divorce cases have to go through the courtroom, and mediation could be enough for some couples. If the situation is not one that is being handled amiably, further assistance may be needed in order for agreements to come about. However, jumping straight into litigation could cause more damage than good in some cases.

As each divorce situation is different, it is vital that Massachusetts residents follow the processes that are best for their circumstances. If individuals are uncertain as to what their options might be regarding separation, state laws regarding the various areas that couples go through during divorce could provide needed information. If Valentine's Day has become a day to dread rather than enjoy, examining a relationship might be a prudent step.

Source: The Huffington Post, 'Happy Valentine's Day. I Want a Divorce.', Michelle Crosby, Feb. 5, 2014

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