When you choose to divorce from your partner in a high-conflict situation, you and/or your children may vacate the premises immediately for the sake of your own safety while the divorce is processed in Massachusetts courts. Yet you still need to return to the home to pack your and your children's possessions to complete the process of moving out. If your former spouse is hostile to you or endangers you or your children, do you have options for support from the courts?
There are few betrayals more shattering than infidelity. If your spouse is guilty of adultery, you may wish to initiate divorce proceedings in Massachusetts courts quickly and without a moment's doubt. You may also wish to pursue damages for emotional harm or other losses caused by the breach of the marital contract, but how far can you pursue these claims when adultery may be immoral, but not exactly illegal?
Even after your divorce has been finalized in Massachusetts courts and child custody has been settled, that does not mean the arrangements agreed upon are set in stone. If you feel your co-parent and former spouse is not living up to the custody agreement, you may wish to deny them custody or visitation rights. But can you legally do that, or does your former partner have the right to see your child or children no matter what?
If your spouse was the primary source of income in your marriage, the idea of divorce may leave you facing a frightening unknown. This is particularly true for divorcing spouses who spent a good deal of time at home as caregiver, childcare provider or other domestic role that limits your employability due to lack of recent work history or current skills. When you are facing the prospect of becoming a self-sustaining entity, alimony can ease you into the process of creating a new, independent life for yourself while ensuring you receive fair support commensurate to the time and labor you put into the marriage. But how much alimony will a Massachusetts court award in your divorce?
If you have been navigating the difficult waters of divorce, you and your spouse may feel swamped under the many requirements to achieve a divorce in Massachusetts. When you discover that in order to handle custody decisions and meet requirements for a custody hearing you must attend parenting classes, it may sound unbelievable. Is it true that divorcing spouses with children must take mandatory parenting classes?
Before you face the struggle of a Massachusetts divorce, one of the most important things you need to do is prepare a financial statement. This may feel like an invasion, but is deeply necessary to the divorce process. So why do you need to completely break down your finances, and what is it used for in court?
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?
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?
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?
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?