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Basic tips for navigating Massachusetts divorce court

Sometimes, no matter how hard a divorcing Massachusetts couple tries to settle their differences, they end up in court. While no one can say divorce court is pleasant, it is sometimes a necessary part of the process. Of course, this time is guaranteed to be a stressful one no matter what the situation, and in such cases, it may be difficult to remember things that otherwise would feel like common sense, so individuals may wish to try to keep in mind some basic guidelines.

Tax reform may affect spousal support payments

More than one sector of the economy could potentially be affected by a new tax plan. A proposed tax reform bill would affect alimony deductions. Some experts say that this will lead to reduced spousal support in the future. Residents of Massachusetts may be interested to learn more about how the tax bill may affect them. 

Spousal support versus child support in Massachusetts divorces

For divorcing couples with children in Massachusetts, one confusing aspect might be that of alimony. Alimony, or spousal support, is a separate issue from child support. The two are treated differently by the courts and addressed in a different way when it comes to taxes.

Some of the "taxing" issues of a Massachusetts divorce

While tax season may feel a long way off, divorcing couples in Massachusetts might wish to start thinking about it now. With divorce comes a number of adjustments, and amongst those are major tax changes. To avoid hassle later, a divorcing or recently divorced individual will likely find it helpful to begin addressing these matters now.

Is it possible to expedite a divorce in Massachusetts?

Once individuals have decided that they're ready to end their marriage, they're usually eager to get the process over and done with as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some divorcing couples find themselves embroiled in a complicated and lengthy divorce process that they weren't anticipating. Many people want to know if there are ways to help speed the process along.

Financial planning can be crucial in a Massachusetts divorce

Massachusetts individuals who worry over how ending their marriages may adversely affect their financial situation are not alone. Divorce does typically have a significant impact on finances. The good news is that, with proper preparation, there are ways individuals can prepare – before, during and after the divorce – for a more stable future, both emotionally and financially.

Is it ever better to skip mediation in a Massachusetts divorce?

For Massachusetts couples who have decided to end their marriages, mediation is a growing trend for a more amicable split. However, some couples are simply not viable candidates for mediation. In fact, some are not even interested in attempting the process. Luckily, it's possible to tell whether mediation may be a good option or whether skipping the attempt and opting for a litigated divorce is the better choice.

How spousal support, property division are determined in divorce

In what is considered a "traditional" marriage in Massachusetts, typically one spouse works while the other stays home to take care of the house and children, or perhaps one partner works full time and the other part time. What happens, then, when the couple -- in which each individual has a markedly different income level -- decides to divorce? How will property division and spousal support be determined?

Simple financial tips to consider during a Massachusetts divorce

In Massachusetts – or anywhere else, for that matter – the fact is that divorces cost money. However, when divorce becomes inevitable, there are certain methods anyone can employ to be more prepared and to weather the divorce process in a more financially sound manner. A few simple financial tips can make a big difference during the divorce process.

The most important aspects in any Massachusetts divorce

Divorcing couples in Massachusetts have a lot to consider. Even in a best-case scenario, divorce is an emotionally and financially stressful time. However, to help separating couples remember the most important aspects of divorce, one advisor has come up with an acronym that covers the main areas that will need addressed. This acronym, PEACE, stands for Parenting plan, Equitable distribution, Alimony, Contesting and Everything else.

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