When a couple decides to say “I do” to one another, it is traditional for an engagement ring to be purchased for the proposal, and for wedding rings to be purchased for the actual ceremony. And rings aren’t cheap – an article in USA Today reports that the average cost of an engagement ring alone is $5,598. When combined with a wedding ring, the majority of couples are looking at expenses totaling more than $6,000 for the symbolic rings.
No one marries with the idea that they might want a divorce in the future. Even rarer, is for a divorcing couple – after the divorce has been finalized – to have a change of heart and decide that they want to remain married after all. But that is exactly what happened to Terrie Harmon and Thomas McCarron, who decided to terminate their relationship in 2014 after 24 years of marriage. Shortly afterwards, however, the couple claims that they worked things out, and wanted to undo their divorce.
While divorce may not be as common as marriage, it certainly occurs with frequency in Massachusetts. If you are considering getting a divorce, you likely have questions about the process and your rights. The following considers some of the most common questions about divorce in Massachusetts, including whether or not you need a divorce attorney:
For parents who are seeking a divorce, who will get custody of the children is often the most controversial issues that parents will have to solve. And, what can be even more complex is when there is a debate over whether or not the father in the divorce is the actual father of the child (for women, a birth certificate is proof that the child is the mother’s biological child). This can leave many fathers wondering: Do I need to establish paternity in order to get custody of my child?
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.
There are many aspects of a divorce that people do not understand or have assumptions about that are incorrect. For some, knowing the truth or the law regarding certain assumptions could be a determining factor that can change their lives. The following are 7 divorce myths that are commonly held by persons unfamiliar with the divorce process:
If you are living in New Hampshire and are contemplating divorce, there are a number of facets about marriage dissolution that you should be aware of so that you can be prepared and make plans for life after divorce.
***If you are not living in New Hampshire and have no connection to New Hampshire you cannot come to the state for the sole purpose of attaining a divorce.***
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: