Divorce can lead to financial issues for both spouses in some cases. This can be true when a Massachusetts couple does not plan their divorce effectively prior to filing. A review of the fiscal life of a marriage can mitigate financial issues as the divorce proceeds.
In a Massachusetts divorce, child custody and support can be among the most contentious issues. Parents often argue over who will be the primary caregiver of a child and who will be responsible for the payment of child support. One recent case confronting these issues concerned children who were conceived through in vitro fertilization after the spouses were separated.
A few months ago we reported on new Massachusetts laws covering alimony. The law, which was signed by Governor Patrick on Sept. 26, 2011, took effect on March 1. While the intent of the law is to limit permanent alimony and provide guidelines for payments based on the length of a marriage, it also gives judges discretion to deviate from the provisions of the statute. Legal observers will be watching to see if judges consistently grant deviations or instead follow the alimony guidelines.
The family pet is garnering more attention when divorce is in the air. In Hampshire and Hamden counties and throughout Massachusetts, the law treats pets as marital property when it comes to divorce, though many of the negotiations and proceedings seem more like child custody disputes than arguments about the living room furniture.