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Joint child custody benefits far outweigh negatives in most cases

Despite the great strides that have been made towards gender equality in parenting, the fact remains that, over 80 percent of the time, mothers are awarded full physical custody in court ordered cases. A large reason for this seems to be the decades-long belief that conflict between divorced parents places too much stress on children. However, recent studies have demonstrated again and again that joint child custody with near-equal parenting time is far and away the best option in most situations.

Lessening blows to retirement savings in divorce asset division

For older Massachusetts couples, the end of their marriage often packs a one-two punch. Not only is their relationship ending, but along with that goes the carefully laid plans and savings for retirement. When it comes to divorce, the financial aspects can be just as upsetting as the emotional ones. Thankfully, however, this doesn't necessarily have to be the case, as there are some possible strategies that may soften the financial blows.

Divorce: A little financial planning now can go a long way later

No one goes into a marriage thinking about the day it might end. However, since Massachusetts is said to have one of the lowest divorce rates in the nation, it never hurts to be prepared. Divorce is not just an emotional and legal process. It's a financial one as well, so a little bit of fact-gathering and planning now can potentially make a big difference later.

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.

Shared parenting seems most beneficial approach to child custody

Most of the time, a Massachusetts custody battle "victory" has no real winners. While every divorce is different, an increasing number of family courts across the country are realizing that, when it comes to child custody, shared parenting is often the best for everyone involved. Of course, there are exceptions, such as cases involving domestic violence or abuse where joint custody isn't an option as a matter of safety, but otherwise, shared parenting offers clear benefits for all parties.

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