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Are there options after divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is an alternative path to ending a marriage that some Massachusetts couples may wish to try instead of litigation in the courts. Parties that mediate their divorce often find satisfaction in taking control of the process and having a strong role in the outcomes that will dictate their post-divorce future. However, though many couples that start the mediation process end up with workable agreements, others may not reach these goals.

Handling a late teen during your divorce: They still need support

As a parent, you know your child best. You know how mature they are and if they are able to recover well when dealing with bad or shocking news. The idea of going through a divorce might not phase you, because you're an adult and have been preparing for it. However, if your teen doesn't yet know, it's time to think about how you want to approach this delicate situation.

An invalid premarital agreement can affect divorce proceedings

A premarital agreement, sometimes called a prenuptial agreement, is a contract that two people enter into before they get married and use to settle some of the financial matters they may confront during their lives together. Premarital agreements cannot address issues related to the parties' children, nor may they include actions or activities that are illegal. Massachusetts residents should be aware that premarital agreements, whether deemed valid or invalid, can affect the outcomes of divorce proceedings.

What is separate property in a divorce?

Although a divorce is an opportunity for individuals to find new beginnings in their lives, they often require sacrifice and compromise on the part of both parties. Some couples choose to mediate their divorces, while others use the courts to litigate the ends of their marriages. No matter how a Massachusetts couple decides to bring about a divorce, the parties must address certain important issues, one of which is how to settle the division of their property.

Custody, parenting, and matters of faith

Not every Massachusetts family chooses to affiliate with a church or set of religious beliefs. In some families, the parents of shared children may actively practice different religions or be members of different religious institutions. Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, individuals have the freedom to choose what religion, if any, they will incorporate into their lives.

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