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Divorce can bring changes to holiday schedule

Ending a marriage is rarely easy, no matter how many years a couple has been together. The divorce process means many difficult decisions must be made, not to mention the emotional fallout that most people go through during this time and typically for some time following the final divorce decree. Many divorced people in Massachusetts and elsewhere feel overwhelmed with having to adjust to all the changes in their lives, and this is never truer than during the holiday season. Divorcing or recently divorced individuals may find some comfort from the following tips for making it through the holidays.

During a divorce, parents shouldn't forget college expenses

Couples who decide to separate have many different topic areas to discuss and, hopefully, agree upon: division of property, child custody, support agreements, living arrangements and more. When divorcing parents are working out details involving their children, one area they may leave out is who pays for a child's college education. However, experts say that parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere should include the answer to this question in their divorce decree, no matter the child's age.

In case of divorce, a prenuptial agreement can be helpful

When a Massachusetts couple is planning their wedding, romance is in the air. Typically, much planning takes place for a beautiful, meaningful ceremony often followed by a celebration with family and friends. However, since divorce is relatively common, couples would be wise to also consider a prenuptial agreement in their marriage planning process.

Financial understanding in a divorce

Finances can be a top contention between married couples. Often, arguing about how to properly handle their money, some couples have come to an agreement to allow one or the other to handle the family finances to avoid arguments. As the divorce rate has doubled in the last couple decades for people over 50, there has been an influx of women coming to terms with surprising financial revelations after years of being left relatively in the dark during the financial planning. Many divorcees would advise Massachusetts women to become more involved in the family finances early in a marriage to avoid unexpected economic repercussions.

Real estate disputes continue for family after divorce

When a Massachusetts couple is considering a divorce, one of the areas that may need to be addressed is property division. Depending on how long the couple has been married and how much property has been accumulated over the years, this may complicate matters. For an elderly couple several states away with substantial property, their divorce has been riddled with real estate disputes.

Forged divorce results in more legal trouble

When a Massachusetts couple decides to end their marriage, it can place an intense strain on them. The stress of divorce can bring out the worst in a spouse. Sometimes this results in a husband or wife trying to force a personally favorable outcome without the advice of legal counsel. In turn, proceeding with an unlawful action can result in more legal trouble in the long run. Recently a man in another state came under scrutiny when it was discovered he had forged his divorce.

Massachusetts divorce tips to benefit the entire family

The end of a marriage is no easy transition, even in cases when separation is clearly for the best. When kids are in the mix, divorce brings with it additional concerns as well, since factors like the ages of the children, personality, social-emotional development and more can all affect how kids process the change. However, are a few basic tips that can make the divorce process in Massachusetts easier for everyone involved.

Basic financial aspects to consider in a Massachusetts divorce

For many divorcing Massachusetts couples, the most stressful part of the end of a marriage isn't necessarily the emotional aspects, but rather, the financial ones. Divorce brings with it a number of financial matters that may, at first, seem overwhelming. However, with the guidance of a legal professional, these seemingly insurmountable issues are not just manageable -- they're the first step for many toward realizing a more positive future post-divorce.

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.

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