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.
Every divorce and property division matter is dependent upon the circumstances of the case. The sorts of assets divided take on a different significance in one marriage as opposed to another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Readers of our Worcester family law blog may be interested to know that new information related to divorce trends was gathered in a recent study. It is estimated that nearly one million divorces occur every year on a national scale. The study also found many of the participants have apprehension about getting married because of the possibility of divorce.
Readers of our Massachusetts blog may be interested to know there are numerous benefits to marital agreements, despite the stigma associated with these documents in the past. Many people view these agreements as planning for a divorce, however that is rarely the case. After speaking to a Massachusetts family law attorney, couples may discover that these documents are actually a beneficial tool to keep a marriage harmonious and assets and investments organized.