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Federal law protects right of same sex couples to divorce

It has not been long in this country's history that same sex marriages have been recognized. For generations the legal union between two men or two women was prohibited by law. Couples in Massachusetts and through the rest of the nation who were unable to marry missed out on many of the benefits that heterosexual married couples were able to enjoy.

What should I do about the credit cards I share with my ex?

Often when a Springfield resident begins the process of ending their marriage through divorce they have concerns over how the property they share with their partner will be divided. In states like Massachusetts individuals may own property with their spouses or on their own. While separate and individual property is maintained by the individual owners, marital property must be divided in a fair and equitable manner.

Financial missteps can happen during divorce

A divorce is a significant form of loss. It is the loss of a relationship and the end of a stage of a person's life that, at one time, they may have thought would last forever. Massachusetts residents who have had to endure the difficult process of divorce or who have witnessed friends and family members go through it understand that as a marriage ends a whole host of questions and concerns may begin.

Divorce may restrict rights to ex's Social Security income

When a Springfield resident works long enough in a job that qualifies for Social Security he or she may, once reaching the minimum threshold age, begin to receive financial benefits from the Social Security Administration. These payments can help people maintain their lifestyles throughout their retirements, and may help them provide for their spouses as they enter the later phases of life. In some instances, the spouses of Social Security recipients may receive benefits through the recipients' earnings. However, divorce can preclude this option if the couples were not married long enough to qualify.

Do I have to allege fault for a Massachusetts divorce?

Marriages end for many reasons. While some couples naturally drift apart, others make unexpected and shocking discoveries about each other that bring their relationships to quick ends. In Massachusetts, individuals have a variety of grounds on which to base their divorce fillings, which can include, but do not have to utilize, claims of fault.

Special considerations for pursuing a military divorce

Before a Massachusetts resident begins the difficult process of making personal and financial decisions about how to manage a divorce, he or she must first file the appropriate paperwork with the appropriate court in order to initiate the legal proceedings. Matters such as jurisdiction, residency, and others can influence when and where a person may file for divorce, and for members of the military and their spouses, determining these matters can be complex. This post will provide a general overview of special considerations a service member or a military spouse may make before starting a divorce, but readers are cautioned to use this post as information only, and not legal advice.

Political, financial concerns causing some to put off divorces

The decision to divorce is very personal and can only be made by the parties to the ending relationship. However, sometimes social, political, and economic factors can influence Massachusetts residents and other Americans to modify their marriage-ending plans. At present, the hotly contested health care debate in Washington D.C. has caused some people to put their divorce plans on hold as the difficult matter is sorted out by politicians.

What is a 'financial statement' in a Massachusetts divorce

When a couple in Massachusetts decides to dissolve their marriage, there are many issues to be considered. Because it can be an especially emotional and stressful time, parties to a divorce may feel like putting off certain actions that need to completed to move the case forward. One of these that is often pushed aside for other 'more important' matters is the completion of the required financial statement.

Insurance and a Massachusetts divorce: what to look out for

Making a big life change, like getting married, or divorced, is accompanied by a number of smaller changes that a person needs to make in order to complete the transition. One of the changes a person must address when approaching, or going through a divorce, is how insurance will be handled. When married, families often have a single policy that supports both spouses and children, if the couple has any.

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