What to Know About Massachusetts Divorce in 2020

As time goes on, society changes. Divorce is no different. Over the years, divorce has evolved and morphed, and now, our firm has noticed several divorce trends becoming more and more recurrent in 2020. If you are someone who is getting a divorce, please read on and speak with our experienced Massachusetts divorce attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the divorce trends we have noticed in 2020:

  • There are more divorces involving couples over the age of 50. This trend is a complicated one, as these spouses often have more assets at stake than those under the age of 50. Unfortunately, these divorces also generally warrant a serious reevaluation of estate plans, which further complicates them. If you are over 50 years old and are getting a divorce, you must retain the services of an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the divorce process.
  • Social media is playing a greater role in determining the outcome of a divorce. This trend is interesting, though it certainly is not surprising. There are more and more cases where spouses use posts, pictures and other aspects of their spouse’s social media to prove that they need/do not need payments like child support, alimony, or as arguments to deny them of certain assets, like a house or car.
  • Couples are choosing mediation over litigation. Though many would argue that divorces are now more contentious than ever, it is also true that more and more, people seek to resolve their divorce matters outside of the courtroom setting with the help of a divorce mediator. Essentially, if you do not already know, a divorce mediator is an unbiased third-party who seeks to facilitate a calm, productive conversation between you and your spouse to achieve a compromised set of divorce terms. This oftentimes allows spouses to easier accept their divorce terms. If you need an experienced divorce mediator in Massachusetts, look no further–our firm can help.
  • Child custody, more and more often, is going 50/50. This is a sign of the times, as generally, in today’s day and age, both spouses work, which, in turn, essentially abolishes the notion of stay-at-home moms. Now, fathers are more likely than ever to at least get 50% of child custody.

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For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.