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Financial issues could hit older divorcing Massachusetts couples

Some Massachusetts residents may believe that their marriages will last a lifetime. Unfortunately for many, a lasting marriage is not always how it plays out. For others, the union may have lasted several decades, but is no longer working. When older individuals believe is it time to divorce, they can face a myriad of financial issues and other difficult concerns to navigate.

Financial problems concerning separation are significant ones that many divorcing couples must face. For older adults, this concern can be even more stressful as handling finances as an individual may prove to be difficult. One party may not have held down a steady job throughout the marriage or may not have dealt with any of the finances, and as a result, he or she may not know how to handle such endeavors on their own.

Finding out about how the household monetary expenses were carried out and which spouse may be at a disadvantage could play a significant role. By learning more about their particular situation, a disadvantaged spouse may be better able to understand how to go about gaining more from the divorce than being harmed by it. Information can make a considerable difference in whether the situation is muddled through or met confidently.

Though financial issues are likely an outcome of a divorce, understanding the legal processes attached to a separation could help parties gain what they are entitled to. Gaining knowledge of Massachusetts state laws concerning divorce could help parties determine how to take on their situation. Approaching the proceedings with a better understanding of what may take place could lead to a less stressful outcome.

Source: Houston Chronicle, Divorcing seniors face unique challenges, No author, Jan. 13, 2014

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