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Massachusetts divorce may benefit from planning

The 10-year marriage of a baseball player is set to end after his wife filed for a divorce recently. The divorce came after the man was accused of a domestic violence act in the couple's home state. However, as is the case in some similar divorce cases in Massachusetts, the act was not mentioned in the filing.

Instead the divorce filing states that the marriage between the baseball player and his soon-to-be ex-wife is irretrievably broken. In addition the petition seeks to invalidate the prenuptial agreement signed between the spouses at the time of their marriage. The prenuptial agreement likely deals with the potential distribution of property between the splitting pair. This may include a contract valued at $3.5 million that the baseball player recently signed with a foreign team

In addition to the prenuptial discussion in this case, the wife has asked the court to award her custody of the couple's son, child support and spousal support. As is the case in divorce matters here in our state, prior to the court making a decision, the couple may seek to negotiate a settlement on such issues. However, if they are unable to agree, the court will be asked to step in to make a final decision on all issues.

Filing for a divorce never comes as an easy decision for people in Massachusetts. However, once it is determined that a marriage is at an end, it may do well for an individual to seek to make plans for the process. Such planning may include working to develop an understanding of all applicable rules in our state as they pertain to the issues involved in a divorce.

Source:, "Andruw Jones Served With Divorce Papers One Week After Domestic Violence Arrest," Ruth Manuel-Logan, Jan. 3, 2013

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