A divorce can be an extremely difficult period for individuals. But if you proceed with your divorce without knowing how the laws apply to you, your stresses can become legal and financial boondoggles that disrupt your life completely. For Massachusetts residents, here are two important areas of divorce law you should be aware of:
In compliance with the General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 208-27, property is divided based on the vocational skill or employment capability of each spouse, the contribution of each spouse to the home, the necessities of each party for capital, the length of the marriage, the conduct of each spouse throughout the marriage, and the age and physical health of each spouse. If you are the primary source of income in the marriage, for example, you may find that your spouse is the primary beneficiary of the settlement.
A common misconception is that alimony is synonymous with child support payment. This is not the case: A former spouse can request alimony payment for a number of reasons, including rehabilitative alimony or alimony as reimbursement. And as the traditional precepts of marriage and gender roles fade away, an increasing number of former husbands are seeking and receiving alimony payments as results of divorce. Massachusetts law dictates that the court considers the primary source of income in the marriage and the reason for the divorce when awarding alimony payments. Women who are higher earners than their former husbands may find themselves paying alimony.
A divorce can be an emotionally trying and painful process. We are skilled and experienced divorce attorneys who will make sure the legal aspect of your divorce doesn’t compound your troubles. Call us to schedule your consultation.