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What is a 'financial statement' in a Massachusetts divorce

When a couple in Massachusetts decides to dissolve their marriage, there are many issues to be considered. Because it can be an especially emotional and stressful time, parties to a divorce may feel like putting off certain actions that need to completed to move the case forward. One of these that is often pushed aside for other 'more important' matters is the completion of the required financial statement.

Insurance and a Massachusetts divorce: what to look out for

Making a big life change, like getting married, or divorced, is accompanied by a number of smaller changes that a person needs to make in order to complete the transition. One of the changes a person must address when approaching, or going through a divorce, is how insurance will be handled. When married, families often have a single policy that supports both spouses and children, if the couple has any.

MA military divorce can be different from civilian divorce

Our active and retired military members and their families often make many sacrifices in service to their country. Time away, stressful work situations and other factors can put a strain on home life. As time wears on, this can lead a married couple to consider divorce. If one or both spouses are military members, their divorce is considered a military divorce.

Where can military members and their family file for divorce?

It is a heroic thing to do, to serve our nation by defending our nation. Military members in Massachusetts and around the world protect our borders and defend the nation and our allies. This guarantees countless other families safety and prosperity. While no-one is arguing with the heroic acts of military members, sometimes military marriages to not work out due to the stresses of the job.

Financial issues can be put to rest after Massachusetts divorce

Marriage can be hard. Marriage can also be joyous, rewarding and positive. Depending at what point spouses may be at, they can be at either end of the emotional spectrum. Much of the stress that married couples can put on each other can often be related to finances. If a couple does not see eye-to-eye about how to manage daily expenditures and long-term budgets, it can lead to a tumultuous marriage.

Grown out of your marriage? Consider what divorce can do for you

Marriages can last several decades, a few years or even just a few months for some Massachusetts couples. The reality is that marriages often don't last a lifetime anymore. For those who feel they have outgrown their marriage, it may be in your and your family's best interests to consider dissolution of your marriage. Divorce can be a necessary part of personal growth that opens doors when others close.

Massachusetts couples are governed by common law divorce

All marriages are susceptible to a divorce. Most marriages start with the best intentions but, as many married couples know, there can be things that drive the couple apart over time. Divorce is an option for Massachusetts married couples seeking to go their separate ways. In Massachusetts, divorce is governed by common law.

Divorce is a change worth making for some Springfield couples

Change is hard. Although this may be true, change can be beneficial for personal growth, and sometimes necessary. Even with the best of intentions, some marriages are not meant to last forever. With the emotional stress that accompanies divorce, it is important to understand that the process, albeit difficult, can be worth it.

What does the Massachusetts divorce process look like?

If you are thinking about pursuing a divorce, or are in the middle of one, it is normal not to know what to expect. Navigating the emotional turmoil of divorce can often take up the majority of the time. If the process can be at all simplified, that would be ideal.

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