Divorce is often hard enough without outside sources weighing in. The world we live in is shared online for just about everyone else to see. A vast majority of the population here in Massachusetts and across the country often turn to sites such as Facebook or Google Plus to share everything about their lives -- the good and the bad. In some cases, the information shared has led to requests for divorce and even affected final divorce settlements.
When working through a divorce, having questions is inevitable. Every divorce is unique, and the questions and concerns that arise will not be the same for everyone. However, there are a few issues that will affect numerous Massachusetts couples. One of these issues could pertain to spousal support.
A number of former spouses receive alimony on a monthly basis, typically based upon how long their marriage lasted and financial need. Many Massachusetts spouses are aware that spousal support is a certain amount of money paid from one spouse to the other following a divorce. However, there are reasons why alimony may be terminated or decreased if a spouse is living with someone.
A number of former spouses receive alimony or some form of payment on a monthly basis. Spousal support is a certain amount of money paid out to ex spouses following a divorce. In some areas, those who are paying spousal support may get stuck supporting the other spouse for years. As of 2011, Massachusetts prohibited permanent alimony and now adheres to certain guidelines.
Individuals in Massachusetts normally don't like to be caught in the middle of two other people's bickering for fear of angering one or the other. Likewise, children who are caught in the middle of a child custody fight may feel helpless and fearful of the outcome. They might fear losing the parent who doesn't end up with full custody of them. The court ultimately has to decide which parent will gain custody in this type of divorce situation.
Massachusetts was one of the first states to enact alimony reform to make paying for spousal support more predictable and fair. Paying alimony would be more like paying child support, which would be based on length of marriage and measurable factors instead of differences in amounts and duration with the old approach. This spousal support reform movement has been sweeping the country from Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey to Colorado.
Massachusetts men and women, seeking to dissolve their marriages, may be making common divorce mistakes. These mistakes can include benign oversights and outrageous errors in judgment. Fortunately, they are all avoidable and needn't make divorce proceedings more difficult.
Two people who have wed typically do not expect their marriage to dissolve, so the experience can be traumatizing when it happens. The happiness that once characterized the marriage is replaced with a fear of what will happen to one's belongings. This is a particular concern for people who are in their second or third marriages in Massachusetts. One recent article provides tips on how to prevent divorce from financially destroying one's life.