When the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5 to 4 ruling on the famous same-sex marriage case in June of 2015, the ability to get married—regardless of your sex, or the sex of your partner—became a right nationwide. In Massachusetts, same-sex marriages have been recognized on a state level since 2004. In New Hampshire, same-sex marriages have been recognized since 2010.
When two people are in agreement about the terms of divorce, the divorce proceedings are relatively simple. Typically, the partys’ attorneys will draft a divorce agreement (highlighting things such as child custody, spousal maintenance, property division, etc.), and both parties—as well as a judge—will sign off on it.
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.