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Massachusetts divorce: First prepare, then negotiate

Making the decision to end a marriage can lead to a host of other issues that need to be decided by couples in Massachusetts. In almost every case, couples work to divide the assets that they have accumulated during their marriage. In addition, questions surrounding child related issues and spousal maintenance are common issues in many divorce proceedings.

In one recent report that may be of interest to readers in Massachusetts, an official notes that the financial considerations that are involved in a divorce may benefit from pre-planning. In fact, a person may find that they can gain from a complete review of their financial lives prior to filing for a divorce. The information gathered can assist a soon-to-be ex-spouse in entering into negotiations with a fair settlement in mind.

As the divorce process proceeds, people may find that they must consider taxes and retirement planning. In the case of taxes, planning is important because a person could potentially pay a higher tax amount as a single person than they did as a married couple. In addition, because many divorce agreements divide the retirement assets of a couple, rebuilding may be necessary for a newly single person.

Deciding to end a marriage in divorce in Massachusetts is often a big step. However, with proper planning and information gathering, the outcome can be a good one for all involved. This can lead to smoother negotiations aimed at achieving a settlement that is comprehensive and fair to both parties. Divorce proceedings do not have to be rancorous, and it is possible for some couples to remain friends after the proceedings are finalized.

Source: forbes.com, "5 Ways Divorce Takes Your Money," Kenneth Rapoza, March 12, 2013

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