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Marital property: Ease the division process in Massachusetts

As many Massachusetts residents know, property division during a divorce can become a big issue. There can be definite gray areas where the ownership of certain possessions is not an easy task to determine. In cases of marital property, one party may see ownership of an item while the other party does as well. In these instances, each individual involved must decide whether he or she is ready to part with certain pieces or fight for them.

In some instances, many people see divorce as a new beginning, so why not buy new possessions as well? A recent poll asked divorcees which items they would part with post-split. Items such as bed sheets, electronics, and certain pieces of furniture that may serve as reminders of ex-partners were popular items that made the list.

Most of the items were possessions that could easily be replaced in most cases. Reminding themselves that they were able to make purchasing decisions without having to take their ex-spouses' opinions into consideration allowed many of the divorcees to feel a sense of freedom. It was even suggested that it was in the best interest to get rid of anything that held a negative memory or triggered a negative emotion. Allowing for new possessions to coincide with new memories could be helpful in the healing process.

However, while divorce can be liberating for some and a chance to buy new possessions for their fresh start, almost no one wants to give up all of their property, and division of marital property can be an intense struggle. Finding out information about Massachusetts divorce law and proceedings can help many going through the struggles of a difficult divorce. Knowledge about which parties are entitled to certain items can help lessen the stress of dividing property and make for an easier divorce process.

Source: Huffington Post, "Life After Divorce: 12 Items You Need To Replace In Your Home Post-Split," May 4, 2013

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