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December 2015 Archives

What can I expect in divorce court?

Though ideally every divorce would be settled civilly, outside of a courtroom, it is not realistic. You might be involved in a situation in which going to court is absolutely necessary. Examples include separations that involve cases of abuse or heated disputes over custody or personal property. Going to court can be a stressful process, but it does not have to be as intimidating as it may seem. Before you have your day in court, familiarize yourself with the process and learn what you can expect from divorce court.

Alimony waivers in ante nuptial agreements

Alimony, or spousal support, is money paid by one spouse to another when a couple gets divorced. The general purpose of alimony is to help a spouse meet his or her needs after the marriage ends. In Massachusetts, either party to a divorce has the option to waive the right to receive alimony. When a couple’s ante nuptial agreement contains an alimony waiver, there are certain factors a court must consider in deciding whether the agreement is valid.