Divorce does not have to be an adversarial process but the alternative requires that both parties exercise reason, strip away animosities and have the willingness to compromise. There are plenty of horror stories about how much a contested divorce costs in financial and emotional terms but it need not result in that. In resolving a dissolution, there are alternatives to the “traditional” divorce, or adversarial process, including an approach focusing on collaboration between the parties.
Massachusetts employs a method of increasing the amount of alimony paid if the payor’s gross income increases, such as with a year-end bonus or commission payments, and is done so on as if, or when the added income, is realized. This is a self-modifying provision routinely included in many alimony orders. However, you should be aware of certain limitations to this practice as one recent court noted.
When a person files for a divorce in Massachusetts—either a no fault or a fault-based divorce—he or she must make the divorce known to the individual from whom separation is sought. If only one spouse is filing, the filing spouse must inform his or her spouse that s/he has filed for divorce by serving his/her spouse with a copy of the complaint and summons. Usually, these papers can be served by in person, by a process server, or by the local sheriff.
While some divorce actions are settled quickly when divorcing parties are in agreement about the divorce and related issues (i.e., property division, child support, etc.), many divorces can take multiple months to settle. For a financially dependent spouse, these months can equal economic devastation without the support of the financially independent spouse. As such, a judge may issue an order for temporary spousal support. Here is what you need to know:
Collaborative divorce is emerging as one of the most popular methods of dispute resolution amongst separating couples in New Hampshire. While collaborative divorce is not for everyone, it does have some distinct benefits that make it the preferred choice for many. The following reviews the advantages and disadvantages of the collaborative divorce process, as well as how the attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Michael F. Mimno can help you if you are unsure about collaborative vs. traditional divorce.
Most divorcing couples, especially those that have children, will need to resolve issues like child custody, spousal support payments, and child support upon legal separation. For couples who are above the age of 50, however, the issues that are most common are very unique. Often colloquially referred to as “grey divorce,” middle-aged and older couples who are divorcing require the representation of a Massachusetts divorce attorney who understands distinctive divorce dilemmas couples in this age range face. Attorney Michael F. Mimno, Family Law Specialist, can help. The following reviews unique issues in grey divorce:
With more than 40 million users worldwide, the Ashley Madison hack—and release of thousands of email addresses, names, addresses, phone numbers, and other personal details—is nothing to laugh about for many. Now that the site, which provides a medium for adulterous spouses to engage in extramarital affairs, has been hacked—and 32 million philanderers have allegedly been compromised—the divorce rate is planned to skyrocket. If you’ve been caught on Ashley Madison, here’s what you need to know about how adultery affects divorce in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
If you’re the parent of a child of whom you do not have custody, it is likely that you will have to pay child support to the custodial parent. The following considers how child support is calculated in the State of New Hampshire, how to seek a modification to an existing child support order, and what your options are if you have questions. At the Law Offices of Attorney Michael F. Mimno, we can lead your way through the complex legal system.
Custody battles can be exhausting, and all too often, the outcome is not what either parent desires. One type of custody arrangement that is often beneficial for all parties involved—both parents and the child(ren)—is shared parenting arrangement, by which the children spend equal or almost equal time with each parent. At The Law Offices of Attorney Michael F. Mimno, we can help you understand the benefits of a shared parenting arrangement, how a parenting schedule is made, and what you can do if you’re dissatisfied with a court custody order.
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