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Getting divorced? How to retain ownership of a pet

Millions of American households have at least one pet and, for many pet owners, a dog or cat is regarded as being another member of the family. It makes sense, therefore, that issues related to pet ownership can become heated and contentious during a divorce. This can be especially true in cases where spouses purchased or adopted a pet together or where one spouse intentionally tries to use a pet to get back at a soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Separate property: when it may be eligible for distribution

If you are getting divorced, one of your primary concerns about the process is what will happen to all your assets. After all, ending a marriage will require that you and your soon-to-be ex divide up the properties, money and even the debts you have accumulated during the marriage, and this can be a troubling thought.

What factors do Massachusetts judges consider in assigning property?

In divorce, couples are ideally able to come to a mutually acceptable agreement regarding the division of marital property. Many couples, however, are not able to do this and must have the intervention of a court to solve the matter. As we've previously mentioned on this blog, Massachusetts courts utilize an approach to property division known as equitable distribution.

When it comes to the divorce process, preparation is key

Even in cases where an individual initiates and wants a divorce, going through the actual process can be both emotionally and financially draining. The latter is especially true in cases where an individual, regardless of whether or not a divorce was his or her idea, fails to take steps to prepare for the divorce once he or she knows that divorce is eminent.

Don't let an unfair divorce settlement cut you out of retirement benefits

People in the United States are living longer than ever before, and these days you need a good retirement plan. One major life event that can throw a kink in your plan, however, is divorce.

Can you appeal a divorce decree in Massachusetts?

Whether you're a regular reader of our blog or a first time visitor, chances are you are aware of the fact that Massachusetts divides property in a divorce according to the equitable distribution rule. Despite what is suggested by its title, equitable distribution doesn't mean a 50/50 cut of marital property. In fact, there are a lot of things that are taken into consideration, which means one spouse could end up getting "more" in the divorce and yet still have the distribution be considered fair in the eyes of the court.

How can business valuation affect property division?

Property division is rarely ever the easiest step in the divorce process. This is because most Massachusetts couples don't realize how entangled their assets -- as well as their debts -- have become until they are forced to separate them. As you can imagine, this can lead to disputes, especially if one spouse thinks they're not getting a fair deal.

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