After you and your spouse have made the decision (whether separately or together) to get a divorce, you may be wondering what comes next. Naturally the decision may be a tipping point, but in the scope of divorce proceedings, it's just the beginning. There are several steps in the divorce timeline from beginning to completion. What should you expect when beginning the process of divorce?
Everyone's marriage is different, but the truth is that a large percentage of them end in divorce. Since everyone has a different story and situation, this could be due to a variety of reasons. However, all will have to follow the state laws of divorce and some negotiation may need to happen between divorcing spouses in order to come to a resolution. One topic that many divorcing spouses have questions about is alimony.
When couples in Quincy decide to end their marriage, custody of their children may not be as black-and-white of an issue as many expect. There are different types of custody, and a shared parenting bill recently passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives could affect how courts rule in these cases if it passes the Senate and is signed into law.
Fear of the unknown can be a powerful factor keeping Quincy couples from making the difficult decision to separate, even when they know in their hearts that they have reached the end of a marriage. In order to help de-mystify divorce, we'll be taking a look at one of the very basic steps: the actual divorce filing. The information in this post is not intended as legal advice for any particular situation, but simply as a general background that spouses should have.
When Quincy couples reach the end of a marriage, it's not for them to find that they need to downsize. At least one partner (if not both) may be moving out of a house and into an apartment. Even couples in a high-asset divorce may find that it is time to let go of assets acquired during the marriage as they move on with their lives.
Who in Massachusetts needs a prenuptial agreement? Is it only the old or well-to-do? Not necessarily. Prenups can be an effective way for spouses of any age and financial status to protect their interests should their marriage not last or should they pass away. They may not be romantic, but they are practical.
When parents in Massachusetts divorce, they will need to make decisions regarding how they will care for their child once their marriage has ended. Massachusetts law recognizes four different kinds of child custody arrangements. They are sole legal custody, shared legal custody, sole physical custody and shared physical custody. Parents are free to work out child custody arrangements on their own, so long as the final agreement falls within these statutory definitions of custody. If parents reach a custody agreement out-of-court, it will be reviewed by the court to ensure it is in the best interests of the child.
Many events can lead to a Massachusetts couple deciding to end their marriage. Sometimes a couple finds they are constantly having heated arguments about many different topics, while other times a couple finds they simply have grown apart over the years or no longer share the same life goals. Regardless of what lead to the decision to divorce, one of the first steps to take is to file for divorce. And, in that filing the spouse seeking divorce will need to indicate on what grounds they are seeking divorce.
We live in an information age. It is easier than ever to get hold of records on people. All you have to do is conduct an online search and volumes of data can be revealed. Laws protecting privacy vary state by state. In Massachusetts, the presumption is that every government record is public. As such, when a couple divorces, the default is that the public can access those records.
If you have been through a divorce and you have children, ending up as the non-custodial parent may make it extremely difficult to maintain the relationships you have with your kids. Whether your divorce was amicable or full of tension, the reality is that your kids now live in another home for a good portion of the time, and you may need to make an extra effort to maintain a relationship with them.