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How psychology may play a role in property division

If there is anything that books like "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" and movies like "He's Just Not Into You," have taught us it's that even though men and women are speaking the same language, we're really not. That's because men and women have very different communication styles. This can create problems though, especially when it comes time for negotiations during the divorce process, because one spouse may have difficulty understanding what the other is saying.

How is debt divided in a Massachusetts divorce?

Property division is considered by many to be the most complex -- and perhaps the most contentious -- part of the divorce process. That's because most people work hard for their money -- both before and during a marriage -- which oftentimes makes it more difficult for people to watch it go to their ex-spouse during a divorce.

Bitcoin: futuristic currency or way to hide assets in a divorce?

There have been a lot of advancements in the last 10 years that have not only changed the way we look at the world but how we navigate in it as well. While most of these advancements are beneficial to society, there is one innovation that has many legal experts concerned, particularly for people who are about to go through the divorce process.

More Monet, more problems: dividing art in a divorce

Here in Massachusetts, all property is divided into two categories: separate and marital property. Whatever was acquired prior to marriage, or was specifically purchased or given to one spouse during the marriage, is considered separate property. Whatever doesn't fall into this category, however, is considered marital property and subject to equitable distribution.

What finances should be of top concern for divorcing couples?

Most people who go through the divorce process find it a trying time in their lives because it forces them to consider things they hadn't thought about since they married. We're talking, of course, about finances and this can lead to contentious arguments if divorcing spouses aren't prepared.

Property or family member? How laws view pets in divorce

Pets are regarded by many people to be important parts of any family. We often include them in everything from family photos to family vacations. But this treatment of a pet as a family member can create problems in the event of a divorce because, as some of our Massachusetts readers may be finding out right now, the law does not have the same view on pets as the majority of the public does.

Divorcing in Massachusetts? Don't neglect retirement accounts

Going through a divorce can be quite complex, especially when conflict arises over a variety of legal issues. Divorcing parents may fight over child custody and child support, one spouse may seek alimony, and the couple may disagree over how to divide marital debts. Property division disputes are common in a divorce and often necessitate legal assistance to settle the matter. While Massachusetts couples often address many physical assets such as cars and homes, they should not neglect to address retirement accounts and pension benefits.

Guide to property division in a Massachusetts divorce

A divorce is often one of the most stressful and emotional things experienced by Massachusetts residents. Although the dissolution process can be difficult, most people are able to look back years later and see a divorce as a turning point in their lives. However, while going through a divorce it is important to be as detailed as possible. This is especially important when it comes to finances and the division of property.

Advanced technology gives rise to new property division disputes

Readers of our Massachusetts family law blog know that property division is a necessary step in every divorce case. Even in the most amicable of splits, emotions can run high as couples face division of everything from bank accounts to personal mementos. As reproductive science has advanced in the past years, a new question must be pondered. How are frozen embryos of a couple to be divided in the event of a divorce?

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