How Do Courts Distribute Property in MA Divorces?

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Few things are more stressful than going through the divorce process. Not only is divorce a complicated legal matter, but there is also a lot at stake, including child custody terms (if you have children), financial issues, such as alimony, and how your property will be distributed. If you and your spouse don’t have a prenuptial agreement in place and are getting divorced, the court will likely have to determine how your assets will be divided on your behalf. They will typically do so through the process known as equitable distribution, wherein a court will determine what it considers to be a fair and equitable distribution of assets (this is seldom 50/50). Perhaps unsurprisingly, couples will often take issue with the way courts distribute their property. If you feel this way, you may wonder whether you can change property division terms after your divorce has concluded. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Mansfield, MA division of assets and debts lawyer from our firm to learn more.

Am I allowed to revisit or change property division terms after a divorce is finalized?

In short, the answer in most cases is “no.” The overwhelming majority of property division settlements are final. The only circumstances that may warrant a modification to property division terms are if you can prove that the judge made a mistake with the initial settlement or that you uncovered assets that your ex was trying to hide during your divorce.

What can I change?

Though you cannot change property division terms, you can ultimately change other aspects of your divorce agreement, including those involving child custody, child support, and alimony. However, to do so, you will need to prove that there has been a significant and continuing change in circumstances that renders the initial terms no longer relevant. Our legal team can help you do so.

The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley has handled countless divorce cases in the past, and we are here to handle any issue you are facing and will walk you through each step of the legal process ahead to ensure your goals are met. Give our firm a call today or contact us online so we can get started working on your case.