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The basics of negotiating a divorce settlement

There are many issues to sort out during the divorce process. Understanding the scope of divorce-related issues that must be addressed, as well as how the family law process handles those issues, can be helpful for divorcing couples to understand. The divorce process is intended to help the divorcing couple each move forward in as positive a financial position as possible but that means a number of divorce-related issues must be sorted out beforehand.

Actor and musician end 20-year relationship

Perhaps best known for her role as Cher in the teen comedy "Clueless" from years ago, Alicia Silverstone has maintained a relatively low profile for someone engrained in the highly visible entertainment industry. In fact, she and her husband, musician Christopher Jarecki of the punk band S.T.U.N., have been together for 20 years and have been married for six of them. Just recently, the couple decided to end their union and separate their lives from each other.

Tax implications for alimony may impact divorces

The federal government recently passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping law that impacts many parts of the current tax code. While some Massachusetts residents may have concerns over what the law will do to their property taxes and how capital gains may be impacted, those contemplating divorce should be aware of one major change: alimony payments are no longer tax deductible.

Hollywood actor and long-term wife head for divorce

Marriages that endure for at least a decade are common for Massachusetts residents, but, in Hollywood, marriages that last into their double digits are practically unheard of. As such, it is always surprising to hear that a long-time married celebrity and their partner have decided to end their legal union. Just recently, actor Ewan McGregor filed for divorce from his wife of almost 22 years.

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.

What is spousal support and how do I request it?

When a Massachusetts resident files for divorce they may also file for alimony, which is another name for spousal support. This is done through the county Probate and Family Law Court where they live. Alimony is the payment of money from one former spouse to the other and in Massachusetts alimony may take on a variety of forms.

Yes and no: how to survive the divorce process

The divorce process is a complicated legal path that you have to take once you file. In addition to this, it will be a trying emotional time for you, and it will also be stressful. These are just natural effects of the process, and you shouldn't feel like you're alone during it. Having an attorney by your side to advocate for your interests and to advise you on how to proceed is critical.

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