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Finances may complicate divorce proceeding

Not all marriages in Massachusetts end up lasting long term. In situations where couples feel they would be better off separate than together, they may end up making the difficult decision to get divorced. A couple of tips might help those going through divorce to protect their best interests.

How parents can get along after divorce

You may not think about how to have a successful co-parenting relationship in the midst of a contentious divorce, but perhaps you should. Family court judges in Massachusetts have expectations of divorcing parents, and those who do not live up to it run could run afoul of the court.  Even worse, the children may be negatively affected by their parents’ ongoing battles.

Identifying assets important step in preparing for divorce

The process of dissolving a Massachusetts marriage can be a harrowing time emotionally. However, it is essential to avoid losing sight of the big picture when navigating this type of family law proceeding. A couple of tips may make it possible to be financially prepared for the divorce process as much as possible.

Dividing assets 50/50 during divorce may not be fair

When people think about how to proceed with their negotiations when dissolving a marriage, they typically look at the biggest assets first. These include the marital home or the car. However, other important assets to consider during a divorce proceeding include retirement plans and stock awards, and these assets can be complicated to address.

Divorce mediation offers multiple benefits

Through mediation, a couple who is going through a divorce can attempt to resolve issues involving matters such as debt, property division and child support. Other issues that can be solved through this process, which is professionally guided, include the payment of college expenses, health insurance and alimony. Mediation offers several benefits when compared to divorce litigation in Massachusetts.

Estate planning tip: consider a living revocable trust

After an individual’s passing, the reason that a will must be probated is that a court must officially transfer title of the deceased’s assets to the named beneficiaries. A living revocable trust circumvents this requirement because it transfers title to the trust, all while an individual is still alive.

A prenuptial agreement can reveal a partner's financial values

Couples may not want to talk about finances before marriage, but this conversation could be just as important as other lifestyle decisions, such as whether to have kids and what kind of values will be conveyed to them.

Did the Supreme Court's ruling modify all same-sex family issues?

Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but the scope of family law is broader than marriage. Take the recent example of a same-sex couple that got married in a neighboring state and had a child by artificial insemination before the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision. Since the couple’s home state did not yet recognize same-sex marriage as legal, only the name of the spouse who gave birth to the child was listed on the birth certificate.

Estate and retirement plans should be tweaked after a divorce

Even when going through a divorce, it’s not premature to consider revising one’s retirement or estate planning. The two are related, since an individual needs to estimate his or her liquidity in retirement, plan for medical emergencies or the possibility of incapacity, and potentially protect eligibility for Medicaid through the use of smart estate-planning instruments.

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