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In Massachusetts, the Grounds for Divorce option selected in most cases, and I mean the vast majority of cases – 95%, is irretrievable breakdown of marriage. People use this divorce option because they do not want to air their dirty laundry, about the details of their marriage, to the court. – More
A marital estate in a divorce, that is subject to division by the court, consists of all assets whenever and however acquired. That applies if there is no prenuptial agreement. If you have something prior to the marriage, that is considered in the divorce. That does not mean that it gets divided 50-50. – More
Massachusetts had a huge change in the alimony law in April 2012. Up until that point, Alimony was generally lifetime alimony. The payer spouse would have to pay alimony until their death. Sometimes in an agreement it would say that alimony would terminate upon retirement, but not always. Sometimes there was no end date. The new alimony law, that’s what it’s being called generically, sets time limits for how long alimony is payable. That is entirely dependent upon how long the parties have been married. – More
Child Custody in Massachusetts is evolving from the words of sole physical custody and shared legal custody to the term parenting plan. The statute currently still says that it’s a shared legal custody arrangement and that is generally given in most cases unless one parent is unfit. – More
Child support is calculated on the Massachusetts child support guidelines. The child support guidelines take into consideration a couple of different factors. The primary factor is the gross income of each party. The gross income is the income that a party gets before taxes or any other deductions are taken out. It is not the net in your paycheck. It is what you make on a gross basis. – More