Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator

October 2019 Archives

Financial ramifications of a strategic divorce

Often when a Massachusetts marriage reaches its end it is because one of the partners passes away or the partners choose to end their marriage through divorce. Many bases on which divorces are grounded involve disagreements that cannot be resolved, fundamental differences regarding how the partners approach life, and difficulties that have no other options for resolution. Divorce is hard on individuals who agree that it is necessary, and individuals who choose to divorce can do so through litigation or some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.

A discussion of parenting time interference

There is no question that divorce is hard on parents and children. Everyone in a Massachusetts family who experiences divorce must learn to live with a new normal as their one household divides into two. When it comes to setting up plans to ensure that children of divorce are cared for and provided with their needs, courts and families work to establish sound and child-focused custody plans.

Mediation can protect your kids and your privacy during divorce

Mediation has become a relatively mainstream alternative for couples hoping to quickly and less expensively end their marriage. Many people familiar with the process of mediation already know that it can help couples move through a divorce more quickly while also helping them curtail some of the more expensive aspects of a traditional, litigated divorce.

Separating property pursuant to a Massachusetts divorce

Life is more than the things that one accumulates over time, but the things that individuals choose to purchase, acquire, and keep can have significant financial and emotional value. Gifts from lost loved ones, residences full of memories, and lucrative investments may all help provide comfort and confidence to the lives of Massachusetts residents. When a couple decides to split and go through a divorce, deciding what to do with all of their property can be difficult.

Abuse as a factor in a child custody case

Parents are charged with protecting their children from harm and providing them with the love and care that they need to grow. While most parents take these mandates seriously and sacrifice in order to give their children everything that they need, not all parents act with their kids' best interests in mind. An unfortunate number of Massachusetts parents commit abuse against their kids each year. Those parents may have their custodial rights threatened by the courts.

Why do some choose mediation for their divorces?

A divorce is a legal process that ends a marriage. Because it requires the division of property, the assignment of parental rights and responsibilities, and the identification of financial duties, it can cause differences of preference and opinion between its participants to be highlighted. While individuals who want to get divorced in Massachusetts can go through the courts to end their marriages, they can also work with divorce mediators to find more peaceful resolutions to their divorce proceedings.

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