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Divorce process often includes alimony negotiations

Massachusetts couples who have decided to split have a great deal to think about from the moment they make that crucial decision to end their marriage to the day they receive their final papers stating their union has been legally dissolved. Many individuals would likely say that child support is one of the more challenging issues to negotiate during the divorce process. For some people, alimony can be an equally contentious topic, particularly if the split is less than amicable. Divorcing individuals who need to visit this topic are smart to know the facts before the discussion begins.

During divorce, financial knowledge is essential

During a separation, or even when a couple is contemplating a split, both individuals tend to experience higher than normal levels of stress. People may be concerned about future living arrangements, effects on children and many other aspects. Many individuals have particular concerns about the effect of the divorce on their financial well-being, now and in future. Massachusetts residents who are considering or going through a divorce are wise to be sure they are well-informed in several different areas of their financial situation in order to make smart decisions throughout the divorce process and into their future. One financial expert explains several categories to evaluate: assets, liabilities, income and expenses.

Parents who divorce may choose to parallel parent

Ideally, a couple who decides to end their marriage will agree on all necessary decisions and will part amicably. Unfortunately, as many Massachusetts residents going through or about to begin the divorce process know, this scenario does not often ring true. Divorcing parents often experience difficulty during and following a divorce when trying to raise their children in a happy, healthy environment. However, while co-parenting is likely the optimum solution for most, one expert suggests parallel parenting as a viable alternative toward this goal.

In a divorce, who gets custody of the family pet?

In most cases, a divorcing Massachusetts couple has a number of decisions to make before the split is finalized. Some people may be surprised to learn that for many couples, the divorce process includes a discussion around living arrangements for family pets. As seven out of 10 U.S. households own a pet, more and more divorcing people are faced with this sometimes complicated situation. Pet owners should become familiar with the basics of pet custody law, although like child custody, individual circumstances dictate treatment and outcome of each case.

"Nesting" may help children transition through divorce

When a couple decides to part ways, they must make a number of difficult choices. Divorcing parents face particular challenges as many of their decisions during the divorce process revolve around their children's needs, both emotional and physical. Experts advise divorcing parents to be mindful of the potential negative effects of their separation on the children and keeping the process as amicable as possible can help. Toward this end, divorcing Massachusetts parents may wish to consider one possible family living arrangement called "bird nesting," also known as "nesting."

Tips for a less painful divorce for Massachusetts couples

Whether a Massachusetts couple decides to separate by mutual agreement, or one partner initiates the split, many decisions need to be made. Although each person likely feels overwhelmed during the time immediately following a breakup, it is important to think clearly and rationally at this time, as the decisions that are made during the separation and divorce process will shape the years to come for all parties involved. Fortunately, an expert offers some practical tips for moving forward effectively.

Parents who divorce can ease the transition for children

When Massachusetts couples go through a divorce, they typically have to learn how to deal with many new and often daunting situations and usually within a climate of high stress. When divorcing couples are also parents, a new level of stress is placed on them while they try to do their best to help the children cope with their new reality. Fortunately, a clinical psychologist offers tips for parents trying to navigate their way through this particularly challenging part of the divorce process.

Guidelines for successful co-parenting after divorce

Divorcing couples in Massachusetts typically face various hurdles during the process; decisions need to be made regarding division of assets, living arrangements and many other areas. However, for divorcing parents, the most important decisions to be made are likely those involving the children. After enduring the divorce process, most parents now need to learn how to co-parent their children, with the goal of providing a healthy, happy environment for all involved parties. To help ensure this outcome, parents can keep in mind a few key guidelines.

Financial decisions made during divorce require care

When a Massachusetts couple decide to split, the emotional toll on each party can be overwhelming. However, the effects of poor financial decisions made during the divorce process can be equally as daunting. To prevent a future lifestyle that no one envisioned, a divorcing couple would be wise to carefully consider their options in several financial areas, particularly if their finances are closely intertwined.

Military divorce is hard, but not impossible

Military life is already difficult enough as it is, and throwing a divorce into the mix can seriously complicate things. Those going through a military divorce usually have needs and worries that differ from other families in Massachusetts. If you or your spouse is in the military and you are ready to divorce, make sure you understand the challenges that may lay ahead. 

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