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Why there is a divorce increase during winter

Massachusetts lawyers explain why more people file for divorce in January and February than any other months of the year. The reasons for higher divorce in winter months are complicated and are due to various factors. In some cases, the stress of having spent too much money during the holidays puts couples under a financial burden going into the new year. During the holidays, people may feel resentment over having to spend time with relatives they do not enjoy being around. Some couples have only stayed together during the holidays for the sake of their kids' happiness.

Spousal support reform a trend in Massachusetts and other states

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.

Divorce rate in Massachusetts is one of the lowest

The divorce rate in Massachusetts is one of the lowest in the United States. A study shows that Northeastern states such as Massachusetts have lower divorce rates for men. Several southern states, on the other hand, have divorce rates that are higher than the national average.

Massachusetts divorce: Feeling successful throughout a divorce

Experiencing a divorce is an emotionally trying time for anyone. Not knowing how it will all turn out in the end is stressful. Massachusetts couples seeking a divorce, regardless of the pain and hurtful feelings between them, can still come out on top and ready to move forward.

Massachusetts couples making avoidable divorce mistakes

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.

Divorce: Prenuptial or postnuptial contract helps in Massachusetts

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.

A legal option in an amicable divorce

The threshold of divorce can confront a person with fear and reservation if they do not know which step to take first. With the many legal options a Massachusetts citizen can choose, deciding the best route to take your family down may not be an easy one. Some people believe that collaborative family law may be a legal option in an amicable divorce worth looking into.

Important questions for a Massachusetts divorce attorney

When a Massachusetts spouse is considering filing for divorce, one of the first steps involves meeting with a divorce attorney. It is important to be able to sit down and go over the divorce process and what one's goals are for the outcome. Doing so can give the spouse a sense of what to expect. It also gives the attorney a good feel for the expectations and desires of the client, which can help him or her tailor a legal approach that suits those aims.

Property division choices can affect retirement options

For couples in Massachusetts who are at or nearing retirement age, the decision to divorce has different repercussions than those facing younger spouses. After the age of 50, retirement becomes a dominant factor in any significant financial decision, and divorce is no exception. Older spouses must make carefully considered property division choices when negotiating their divorce.

Governor Patrick signs law protecting domestic violence victims

Our Massachusetts governor recently signed into law a bill meant to protect victims of domestic abuse. This law would allow victims of such abuse living in apartments to get out of their leases without financial consequences. It also would make it easier for victims of abuse to have the abusers evicted, change the locks and get orders of protection.

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