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Staying together or seeking a divorce

Many myths about the divorce rate make Massachusetts couples who are having problems feel like it is easier to give up as so many unions seemingly fail. One may want to instead look at the specific reasons that the marriage is failing, as sometimes things can be worked out.

After a divorce, people may face unexpected challenges with finances or health issues. Their standard of living might change dramatically, as they can no longer benefit from two incomes while contentious divorces can be costly and deplete savings. Emotional burdens might also come with financial and other issues, and this could result in higher stress levels. If people cannot support themselves alone, staying in the marriage may be a better option.

A main reason that many people decide not to get a divorce is that they have young children. Staying together allows the kids to have stability and both their parents under the same roof. However, the ability to make a marriage work is important with this reason and others. Staying together might not be the best idea if a couple cannot show their children a healthy relationship and provide a comfortable environment for them.

If an unhappy couple plans to stay together, some things likely need to change so that the situation improves. Counseling could help struggling spouses fix the problems that have been getting in the way. A couple that is able to communicate honestly and work together may find that family law mediation could make the process easier. However, some breakdowns are irreparable, and a person who has made the decision to end a marriage might want to have legal assistance in negotiating a settlement agreement so as to not have to argue each issue in front of a judge.

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