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How is Massachusetts law different regarding legal separation?

When considering separating from your partner, you may have to make the difficult decision of a legal separation versus a divorce. In Massachusetts, however, you may be facing different standards than the commonly accepted concepts of separation or divorce. So just how is Massachusetts different regarding legal separation?

What types of alimony can you receive in a Massachusetts divorce?

While undergoing a divorce is never pleasant, when you have to bring up the alimony discussion then divorce proceedings can turn downright ugly. When facing alimony proceedings in Massachusetts court, it can help to understand exactly how alimony works. This includes understanding what type of alimony you can receive. Did you know Massachusetts has four different types of alimony?

What is contested vs. uncontested divorce?

If you are facing the unfortunate prospect of divorcing from your spouse, one daunting reality of divorce is negotiating the legalities of separating not just your relationship, but your assets, lives, and parenting responsibilities. Part of this involves filing appropriate papers and taking your case before Massachusetts courts, but did you know that before you do that you must first determine the type of divorce you will file for?

What is a no-fault 1A divorce?

After a reluctant decision, you and your partner have decided to divorce. But no matter the reasons that drove you apart, you mutually agree that you would rather negotiate your divorce terms amicably between the two of you rather than face down with lawyers and judges deciding the terms by their standards. Under Massachusetts law, do you have the right to define the terms of your own divorce?

Does same-sex divorce fall under standard divorce law?

Although you may never wish to think of separating from your same-sex partner after a joyful Massachusetts marriage, there may come a time when it is best to part ways. But under state and federal law, are same-sex divorces handled differently than opposite-sex divorces, or do they fall under standard legal jurisdiction? What do you need to know when divorcing in the state of Massachusetts?

Substance abuse and child custody cases

When initiating a divorce claim, you may experience a great deal of fear, pain and loss when facing separation from a spouse with drug or alcohol abuse problems. In particular, while their substance abuse issues may have merit in pursuing grounds for divorce, they may also have an effect on custody cases involving any children you had together. You may be afraid to leave your child with your former spouse in the case of joint custody, even temporary joint custody while trial proceedings take place. Here at the law office of Antonioni and Antonioni, we understand the difficulties, stress, and fear inherent in trying to protect your child while ensuring a successful divorce case.

Are teachers' pensions considered assets in a divorce?

The pain of divorce is difficult to deal with under any circumstance, but you can spare yourself a great deal of frustration if you know the law surrounding division of assets and property. This includes the division of anything considered a marital asset, and whether or not you are legally obligated to split it with your former spouse upon dissolving your marriage. As a Massachusetts teacher, what if you have retired and are now receiving pension? Do your retirement benefits count as a marital asset, and is it subject to law regarding splitting assets?

Can you modify a divorce agreement?

Filing for divorce is stressful. Once it is over, the last thing you want to think about is going through the process again, but extenuating circumstances may force you to pursue changes in your divorce agreement. Life circumstances may necessitate changes to child custody, child support, alimony or other agreements. Once you have settled a divorce case and received final judgment in Massachusetts courts, do you have the option to modify your divorce agreement?

Fair child custody considerations during the holidays

For divorced parents in Massachusetts, the holidays can present a challenging dilemma in terms of who gets the children and when. Figuring out a schedule ahead of time will keep stress to a minimum for both the adults and the children, and allow for more fun and enjoyment for everyone.

Preparing for divorce

Even in the most amicable of situations, divorce in Massachusetts is hard in a variety of ways. Not only are couples affected financially, but there are also social and mental consequences that accompany the process. Those who are prepared before filing will have a better outcome and recover quicker than those who stick their head in the sand.

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