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Getting organized financially before a divorce

A person in Massachusetts who is getting a divorce can prepare financially ahead of time by gathering documents such as bank statements, information on loans, investment paperwork and tax returns. Someone who manages household expenses might already have a sense of the overall family budget, but a person who does not may need to become more aware of that budget. All of this information may be useful in determining how property is divided in the divorce.

Studies show joint custody beneficial for children

For parents in Massachusetts who divorce, shared parenting might be the solution that is best for the child. Several decades of both national and international studies support this view. "Shared parenting," or joint physical custody, is generally defined as children spending more than 35 percent of their time with each parent. This is in contrast to one parent, usually the mother, having primary physical custody and the child visiting the other parent, often the father, only occasionally. Increasingly, experts believe that this intermittent contact is damaging to the parent-child relationship.

How parents can help children deal with divorce

For many Massachusetts children, seeing their parents end their marriage can be a difficult event, especially if they do not understand why their parents are no longer together. In some cases, the divorce could cause kids to deal with major stress. As such, there are some things that parents can do to help their children cope with the process.

How a husband's employment status affects divorce risk

The likelihood of divorce for some couples in Massachusetts may come down to the employment status of the husband according to a study that examined more than 6,300 married couples over 46 years. The study found that the divorce rate began to increase around 1975, but this was not wholly due to the fact that divorce became more acceptable or that more women entered the workforce.

How to determine if divorce is the right choice

Many people ask a series of questions before getting married to determine if it is a worthwhile endeavor. However, those in Massachusetts who are thinking about a divorce may also want to think about certain things before deciding if one should be in their future. First, it may be a good idea to make sure that an individual has truly expressed his or her concerns about the relationship to his or her partner.

Political disagreements leading to more breakups

According to a study and at least one divorce attorney, couples in Massachusetts and throughout the country may be experiencing more conflict over politics than in the past, with around 1 in 10 couples reporting that political disagreements had ended their relationship. Among millennials, the rate was even higher at 22 percent. The study, conducted by a Virginia-based polling firm, asked 1,000 people about the effects of politics and the Trump administration on their relationship.

Pre- or postnuptial agreements dealing with debt

Massachusetts is one of the states that allows postnuptial agreements, but a couple can also create a prenuptial agreement. If two people have different attitudes about money and debt and one tends to spend more than the other, a pre- or postnuptial agreement might protect one spouse from the other's debt in the event of a divorce.

Divorce rates for older adults

Divorce is becoming more common for individuals in Massachusetts and around the country who are 50 or older. According to the National Center for Health Statistics and the United States Census Bureau, the 2015 divorce rate for individuals in that age group was 10 per every 1,000 married persons, an increase from five per every 1,000 in 1990.

How a trust might be designated shared marital property

An individual in Massachusetts who is getting a divorce might wonder what their spouse's rights are regarding an inheritance. In general, a person's inheritance is considered separate property if they keep it separate from joint accounts. However, a third party trust might be considered marital property.

Basic housing options in a divorce

Divorcing couples who are hoping to avoid making any costly mistakes during the process may want to know more about the housing options that may be available to them. When their principal residence is in Massachusetts, it could prove beneficial to consider the financial ramifications that are involved in the disposition of the house before arriving at any final decision.

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