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Crowdfunding site offers divorce registry option

Massachusetts residents may be familiar with crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that allow entrepreneurs and charities to raise much needed funds from the public. Sites such as these have been used to fund everything from college educations to foreign vacations, and divorcing couples can now take advantage of the crowdfunding phenomenon.

The costs can quickly mount during a divorce, and spouses with little in the way of savings sometimes find it difficult to cover their legal bills and other costs. A website that was set up to crowdfund honeymoons in 2006 added an option for divorcing couples in March 2016, and the site's operators say that more than 100 divorce registries were set up in the first two months that this option was available.

The costs of a divorce vary widely from couple to couple, but spouses who are unable to settle their differences amicably generally face legal bills of between $15,000 and $30,000. However, couples who dig their heels and become embroiled in protracted litigation can expect to pay far more. Other costs faced by divorcing spouses include moving expenses, new furniture and custody fees.

Going through a divorce can be an emotionally draining experience, and it can be easy for spouses to lash out when negotiations become contentious. Protracted legal battles can be ruinously expensive, and experienced family law attorneys may suggest alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation. Taking a less confrontational approach reduces hostility and may lead to more open communication, and it can also take less of a toll on the young children who often find themselves in the middle of their divorcing parents' legal disputes.

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