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Property Division In A Divorce

June 16, 2016

Divorce & Family Law, Podcast

In a divorce situation, Massachusetts allocates property between spouses based on an equitable division of property.  Some of the things the court considers in determining what is equitable are the length of marriage the conduct of the parties during the marriage, the age, health, skills and occupation of the parties, the contributions of each of the parties to the marriage and the opportunity of each person to acquire income and assets in the future. 

Hiding Or Transferring Assets In A Divorce

June 16, 2016

Divorce & Family Law, Podcast

In Massachusetts, as soon as a divorce complaint is filed, an automatic restraining order issues which prohibits either party from moving, transferring or hiding any marital assets other than those necessary for ordinary living expenses and to pay your attorney.  This automatic order also prohibits the parties from incurring debts in their spouses name or from changing life or health insurance policies and beneficiaries.

Child Support In Massachusetts

June 16, 2016

Divorce & Family Law, Podcast

In Massachusetts, the courts must apply the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines to determine the appropriate amount of child support.  There is a rebuttable presumption that the amount of the Order which would result from the application of the guidelines is the appropriate amount of support.  The court may deviate from the guidelines if the amount of support ordered would be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances.

What Types Of Divorce Are There In Massachusetts

June 16, 2016

Divorce & Family Law

There are two types of divorce in Massachusetts - “fault divorce” and “no fault divorce.”  In a “no fault” divorce the parties only have to prove that their marriage has irretrievably broken down and that the parties have irreconcilable differences.  “Fault” divorces are very rare.  There are seven grounds for a fault divorce in Massachusetts.

What Counts As Income In Calculating Child Support?

June 16, 2016

Divorce & Family Law, Podcast

In the current economy, people support their families in many different ways. In addition to traditional employment where people earn a salary or wage, there are many other means by which people earn income.  Some people are self-employed and are able to pay for certain living expenses through their companies.

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