Ways to Discover Hidden Assets During a Divorce

Despite complications to the marriage, most people enter the divorce process believing their soon to be ex-spouse is an honest person. Unfortunately, this is not always the situation. The fact is, dishonesty is a common reason for seeking a divorce. Even if you have no reason to suspect your former partner is dishonest, there is still good cause to be curious and concerned about their finances heading into a divorce. Once a divorce begins, many people will do whatever it Continue Reading

Divorce 101: A Quick Intro To Filing For Divorce In Massachusetts

Many couples start out in marriage with great hopes and expectations, only to end up in a relationship that unfortunately does not work. There are many steps in the divorce process in Massachusetts and just as many avenues to take depending on your situation. Here is a brief introduction to filing for divorce in Massachusetts and some of what you may encounter. A divorce can be categorized as “no-fault” or “fault.” Definitions of “fault” include adultery, desertion, cruel and abusive Continue Reading

Filing for Divorce with the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court

For those looking to pursue a divorce action in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, several factors must be considered prior to the filing of an action with the Probate and Family Court. The legal process of divorce can be complicated; therefore, it is in the best interest of each individual to consider hiring an attorney who focuses on divorce and family law, even if the divorce is considered “uncontested.” Residency Requirements In Massachusetts, the couple must have lived as spouses in Continue Reading

I am liable for my wife’s student loan?

Additional Info: My wife and I are getting divorced.  She took out a loan so she could finish her degree at  Boston College.   She said she would use the degree to get a job, but she hasn’t finished the program so technically the “community” hasn’t benefited from her returning to school.  Will I be liable for half of the loan? Attorney Answer: You will likely not be liable for half the loan.  In fact, you may not be liable for Continue Reading

What are my rights during the divorce process?

Additional Info: My husband has moved out of our home in Natick and changed all the passwords to our bank accounts. Can he legally do this before we get divorced?   I am a stay at home mom.  How am I supposed to live and take care of the kids with no access to our financial accounts?  What do I do? Attorney Answer: If a complaint for divorce has already been filed with the Court, then there is a Rule 411 Continue Reading

How will my husband’s reckless behavior affect our divorce?

Additional Info: I thought getting married and having a child would make my husband more responsible.  We even moved from the city to a Boston Metrowest suburb, but he still goes out several nights a week with friends and comes back intoxicated.  Recently he was too hungover the next day to go to work, and missed a big client meeting and now his job is at risk. Attorney Answer: His immaturity will likely affect the negotiations of a settlement.  I Continue Reading

Ex has been in contempt of divorce decree for years.

Additional Information: My ex husband have been divorced for almost 6 years.  My daughter and I live in Wayland close to my parents and they have provided a lot of emotional and financial support as my ex has been in contempt of divorce decree for several years.  Now, I’m not sure if there’s anything I can do as my daughter is approaching 18 years of age, when she will be emancipated.  He recently started paying about 25% of the ordered Continue Reading

We’re getting divorced, how are assets divided?

Additional Information: When my husband and I were engaged, I finished business school and as a graduation present my parents gave me $50K to start my own company.  We got married, bought a home in Ashland, and started a family right away.  I never started my business and the money has been in a savings account.  Now we are getting divorced and he thinks he is entitled to half of this asset.  I have a card from my parents saying Continue Reading

What is the best way to handle the financial aspects of a divorce?

Additional Information: My husband moved out of our Southborough home almost 18 months ago.  We are on good terms with one another and have an agreed up on schedule for time with the kids. He currently pays for daycare for our youngest, but I think he should contribute more to kid-related expenses. ATTORNEY ANSWER: Your question is initially a very broad one.  However, you specifically mention that your husband moved out of your home about 1 ½ years ago and Continue Reading

Divorcing couples may have to share property they acquire after they split up

Most people assume that a divorcing couple’s assets will be divided according to what they own at the time they separate. But in some cases, things that happen after a couple split up can affect what they’re entitled to in a divorce. Only an attorney with expertise in divorce law can determine exactly what you might be entitled to…so it’s important to tell your divorce attorney about anything that could affect the prospects of both you and your spouse down Continue Reading