No matter how hard a Massachusetts resident tries, they will inevitably accumulate stuff over the course of their life. That stuff can take on many different forms, from small possessions like articles of clothing and books, to large items like personal vehicles and furniture. Depending upon how they have chosen to invest their money, they may also own a home or other real property.

Massachusetts residents can own their possessions and property separately as individuals or jointly with their spouses. The state follows the laws of equitable distribution, which means that martial property that is owned by the parties to divorce will be divided up in a manner that is fair given the circumstances of their case. Fairness may dictate different property division outcomes for different divorces.

Even when courts are driven by fairness principles in settling issues related to divorces, the parties to such proceedings can still benefit from advocacy by legal professionals who understand what is at stake when martial property is subject to division. Attorney Susan Rossi helps clients find effective strategies to settle their property disputes in both mediated and litigated contexts, and her Franklin-based firm is accepting new divorce and family law clients.

A person going through a divorce may not want every possession that they jointly own with their soon-to-be ex and may not wish to fight over many of the objects to which they hold ownership rights. However, when they are working through their property settlement negotiations, they should be aware that what they emerge with may have a drastic impact on their post-marital financial life and many can find value in working with an attorney that they can trust when resolving these important matters.