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July 2013 Archives

Property division in Massachusetts best left to prenup

Massachusetts residents considering divorce have many decisions to make. Some divorce proceedings are relatively simple, as there are no children or assets to consider, while other divorce proceedings require lengthy amounts of time attempting to determine the equitable distribution of property and other assets. Due to issues such as these, many couples have begun to consider prenuptial agreements. On June 5, 2013, in a post titled "A prenup can simplify Massachusetts property division", we told our readers about the best ways to establish a prenup and be sure that it is valid. What many couples may not understand is that most states have a prenup of sorts already in place.

DOMA ruling affects divorce for same-sex couples

Marriage is one of the most important commitments a person can make in their lifetime. Massachusetts residents who choose same-sex marriage are usually filled with optimism and hope for the future of their relationship. No couple wants to think about the possibility of divorce. Unfortunately, many relationships do end, and understanding the laws in one's state, as well as the new rulings issued in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), is important to protect one's interests when a marriage ends in divorce.

Alimony not just for Massachusetts women in divorce

It has been many years since women were primarily thought of as the weaker sex. If asked, many residents of Massachusetts would likely say men and women are equals. Women have the same rights as men, and most men see women as their equals in business, managing finances and other activities once solely the responsibility of men. So why, then, do men not ask for alimony during divorce proceedings in situations where the wife makes more money?

Federal ruling affects non-traditional couples in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has recognized the marriages of non-traditional couples as legal unions since 2004. However, the federal government's acknowledgement of these unions is critical in regards to finances. Non-traditional couples can now have access to their spouses Social Security survivor benefits, estate tax exemptions and federal pensions. This evens the playing field for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples in regards to the financial benefits of marriage.

Fathers' rights or mothers' rights -- it's about getting along

It's not easy, but getting along with your ex-spouse plays a big role in being a better parent. Fathers' rights should be seen as equal to mothers' rights and a big part of the equation is getting along with each other for the sake of the kids. Massachusetts parents facing a divorce or recovering from one will do well to keep this in mind if they plan on making their children's' best interests a priority.