Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator

November 2017 Archives

What are the benefits of choosing mediation for your divorce?

It is important for our readers to understand that mediation is a tool of the legal system. While it may reap benefits for some who choose to engage with its process, it may not effectively serve others. Before selecting either litigation or mediation as one's path to divorce, a person may wish to discuss their case with a family law attorney to devise a strategic and cohesive divorce plan.

Co-parenting is possible with a solid child custody plan

No parent in Franklin wants to imagine a world in which their child has anything less than the best possible life experience. However, from time to time the needs and preferences of those parents may influence the manner in which the children are brought up. For example, when parents decide to end their marriage in divorce their children's lives can dramatically change.

Important considerations for divorcing parents who have kids

It is a sad reality that for some Massachusetts couples a divorce becomes an opportunity for a power grab. When the parties to a divorce experience conflict and resentment they can engage in actions that are solely intended to cause pain for their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Oftentimes, one of the most damaging things a divorcing party can do is to attempt to prevent their ex-partner from being with their children.

Do I have to allege fault to file for divorce in Massachusetts?

A divorce is a complicated process in terms of the legal decisions that must be made and the care and compassion one must exhibit to ensure that their and their children's emotions are supported. To this end, Massachusetts residents must carefully examine the different options that they have for bringing their relationships to their ends. In Massachusetts a person may elect to use fault as the basis of their divorce or they may use the state's no fault option to terminate their marriage.

Help an only child to learn to cope with your divorce

Children who are going through their parents' divorce can have some challenges. When parents only have one child, the issues are a bit different than when there are multiple children. One reason for this is because the parents have likely doted on the child and make the kid the focus of their attention.

The role of separate property in the division of marital assets

Marital property is the property that the partners to a couple acquire together and after their relationship has been formalized with a marriage. Separate property is property that the partners to a couple owned prior to their union, that they do not convert to marital property once they are married, or that they acquire through gifts or inheritances after entering into their marriages. In Massachusetts, marital property is divided equitably between the partners during a divorce while separate property remains under the exclusive ownership of the original owner.

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