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May 2013 Archives

Property division can lead to Massachusetts condo disputes

As some Massachusetts residents know, having a vacation condo is a luxury couples enjoy. However, when a couple decides to divorce, the shared condo can become a thorn in the property division process. If the condominium is not the primary residence, then charges and fees associated with the shared property can complicate property division.

Terrence Howard high net-worth divorce comes to an end

A high net-worth divorce can take time and at times seem difficult. It is typically not an overnight process, due to the high assets involved. Whether a high net-worth divorce takes place in Massachusetts or elsewhere, all individuals involved may benefit by preparing themselves in a way that ensures all matters are settled fairly.

When to seek help in the property division process

Just as no two marriages are ever alike, so it goes with divorce. While reality television shows would have us believe that every divorce is embittered and nasty, in the reality version of reality there are many Massachusetts couples who end their marriages amicably. However, when it comes to the process of disentangling lives and finances, there can be such a thing as being 'too nice,' especially during the property division portion of the experience.

Non-traditional couples may face unique legal issues

For many same-sex couples in Massachusetts, issues of marriage and divorce can become complicated. These matters can become exponentially more complex when a couple chooses to relocate to a state in which same-sex marriage is not recognized. In such cases, non-traditional couples are often confronted with legal issues that differ from those faced by heterosexual couples.

Spouse's affair may not factor into property division

When a Massachusetts spouse has been wronged, the first impulse is often an emotional response aimed at extracting revenge. When we are hurt, embarrassed or surprised by the infidelity of a husband or wife, we often react in a manner that is not rational or in line with our long-term interests. We want the choices of the adulterer to play a role in the property division process. Unfortunately, however, adultery often plays little to no role in the Massachusetts divorce process.