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Immediate considerations in a Massachusetts divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally tumultuous time. For Massachusetts couples facing divorce proceedings, it may feel as though everything is happening at once. Even just getting through the day can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips to make the current transition easier and also help ensure that any decisions made today do not have negative long term effects.

Some individuals find themselves unprepared for the financial reality immediately during and after divorce. Especially if their spouse was in charge of matters like property taxes and household utilities, the actual costs may come as a shock. The best approach is to become aware of the financial aspects of the household, and an important facet of this is making sure any joint accounts are accessible. Confirm PINs, email access and online passwords to avoid future hassles once divorce proceedings are underway.

Because divorce can be a major source of stress, it is not uncommon for some people to make poor spending decisions as a coping mechanism. It is tempting to splurge on an extravagant purchase in an attempt to feel better, but the decision may be regretted when emotions have settled. It may help to remember that while the current sadness and emotional turmoil are likely temporary, poor financial decisions can stick around for much longer.

It makes good sense to hire an attorney who focuses on family law issues. In any divorce, there will likely be unanticipated matters to contend with, from complicated paperwork to tax issues. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, an experienced divorce attorney is often the key to obtaining the best settlement possible. 

Source: The Huffington Post, “10 Lessons I Learned From My Divorce (So You Won’t Have To)“, Haywood Hunt, Feb. 16, 2017


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