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  • What You’re Really Buying From a Divorce Lawyer

    One of the first decisions to be made when you have decided to divorce is whether or not to use a lawyer. Many couples balk at the expense of a lawyer, and opt for a DIY divorce or choose to share one attorney. However, theadvantages of having a lawyerone that represents you alon...

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  • How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

    Telling your spouse that you want a divorce makes your decision real and sets into motion a life change with far-reaching impact. Even as you act to end your marriage, this is the moment to lay the foundation for a collaborative transition that is smooth, reasonable and considerate as possible.

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  • Deviation Factors

    Reasons for deviation include: the parent paying support has other minor children and there are insufficient financial resources available; the parent paying support has extraordinary expenses (travel-related visitation expenses, uninsured medical expenses); and other unusual cir...

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  • Child Support Guidelines

    A Few Important Things to Remember: The age of emancipation will vary from state-to-state. This is the age a parent is no longer obligated to pay support. The visitation/parenting time arrangement often dictates the support order because in many states the number of overnights i...

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  • Massachusetts High Income Child Support Guidelines

    Massachusetts Rules of Probate Court, Child Support Guidelines: "These guidelines are not meant to apply where the combined gross income of the parties exceeds $100,000 or where the gross income of the noncustodial parent exceeds $75,000. In cases where income exceeds these limit...

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  • Legal Separations

    In obtaining a legal separation, the couple normally follows all the steps they would in obtaining a divorce. The couple must write a separation agreement, which is reviewed by the court. The agreement spells out the terms and conditions of spousal support or maintenance, child c...

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  • After Divorce, Changing your beneficiary for assets

    Most of us today are "worth more dead than alive." That is because a large part of our estate consists of life insurance policies and retirement plans. Importantly, those assets, such as life insurance policies, 401K plans, IRAs and annuities, generally are not subject to your wi...

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  • Divorce and Wills or Trusts

    If you have a will or similar estate planning document, such as a living trust, your spouse will typically be designated as the executor and/or trustee, and probably is named as the primary or sole beneficiary of your estate. Clearly, you should immediately review your will or li...

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  • Divorcing without a Will

    Married individuals who are considering divorce should review their estate plans to determine if they remain appropriate in light of the possible divorce. Remember that the law considers you to be legally married until the judge signs the final dissolution decree ending the marri...

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  • Divorce and Your Disability

    In the event you become disabled while your divorce is pending, such as through an automobile accident, stroke or heart attack, such that you are no longer capable of handling your affairs, a guardian normally must be appointed for you. First preference as guardian is normally gi...

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