How Social Media Activity Could Impact Your Divorce Settlement

If you are going through a divorce in Massachusetts, you probably haven’t given any thought to how your social media activity could impact your divorce settlement. In fact, your only concern with social media may be to hide your activities from your soon-to-be-ex spouse, or flaunt them, depending upon the details of your situation. Or, you may be using social media to find out what your spouse is up to.

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Women More Likely to Initiate Divorce

While women may not be more likely to initiate a breakup when in a relationship, studies show that they are indeed more likely to initiate a divorce. In fact, according to the Austin Institute, the percentage of couples who thought about leaving their partner within the past year was 20 percent for married women, compared to only 13 percent of married men. And in the same study, 55 percent of divorced women said that they wanted their marriages to end; 29 percent of men said the same. The following considerations some of the top reasons that women are more likely to initiate a divorce, and the benefits of consulting with an Andover or Londonderry family and divorce lawyer if you’re considering dissolution of marriage.

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Only a Matter of Time: With Same-sex Marriage Comes Same-sex Divorce

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.

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Divorce in New Hampshire

Laws Relative to Divorce in New Hampshire

Residency Requirements for Filing for Divorce in New Hampshire

To file for a New Hampshire divorce, one of the requirements must be met:

  • Both spouses must be residents of the state when the divorce is filed for,
  • the spouse filing for divorce must have been a resident of New Hampshire for 1 year immediately prior to filing for divorce and the other spouse was personally served with process within the state; or
  • the cause of divorce must have arisen in New Hampshire and one of the spouses must be living in New Hampshire when the divorce is filed for.

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Family Law 101

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AND WHERE TO FILE: If the grounds for divorce occurred in Massachusetts, 1 spouse must be a resident. If the grounds occurred outside of the state, the spouse filing must have been a resident for 1 year. The divorce should be filed for in the county in which the spouses last lived together. If neither spouse currently lives in that county, then the divorce may be filed for in a county where either spouse currently resides. [Massachusetts General Laws Annotated; Chapter 208, Sections 4, 5, and 6]. Read more