Because the current political climate has taken a darker turn toward immigrants, a lot of foreign nationals are "tying the knot" with their American brides and grooms almost impulsively.
When a Massachusetts couple is engaged, the last thing on their minds may be how their property would be divided in the event of a divorce. No one want to start a marriage by planning for the details of property division in the event of divorce.
Although statistics suggest that the rate of divorce may be stabilizing across the US, one demographic is experiencing in increase in divorce rates. Americans aged 50 and older in Massachusetts and elsewhere are turning to divorce now, more than ever before.
Massachusetts law provides some specific guidelines for the court's consideration regarding property division in a divorce proceeding. Since Massachusetts is an equitable distribution state, the court is charged with facilitating a settlement that is deemed fair to both parties. This approach differs from a community property division in that "fair" may not necessarily mean "equal."