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  • Possible Places to Hide Assets

    You spouse can hide assets in a number of places, including: Tax Returns Your spouse may not report the correct amount that was refunded. You can find out the actual amount by filing a form with the Internal Revenue Service. Children's Bank Accounts Custodial parents can set up b...

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  • Maintaining the Family Home

    Typically, the divorce court will order the spouse occupying the family home to cover the costs of maintaining the family home. If only one spouse is living in the house, he or she will cover the mortgage, property taxes, utilities and repairs. The divorce court may have both spo...

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  • The Value of a Family Business

    Determining the value of a business and how much of it is considered marital property can be difficult. Usually it is the price a willing seller and buyer with knowledge about all the relevant facts can agree on. The value of a family business includes cash distributions, various...

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  • Division of a Family Business

    However, if the couple doesn't arrange how property distribution should be handled in a marital agreement before divorce, division of a family business will be left up to the divorce court. Depending on divorce laws in your state, the divorce court will typically assign the famil...

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  • Joint Accounts in a Divorce

    During divorce, the debt and asset division will need to be finalized before the final divorce decree can be approved by the court. When dividing joint accounts, the divorce court will also look at any assets or debt incurred by the couple and determine how to divide it. Joint ac...

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  • Divorce, Separation, and Annulment

    A divorce is a judgment of a court ending a marriage. In Massachusetts, a person who wants a divorce must file legal documents in the Probate and Family Court and give reasons (called "grounds") for the divorce. When the Probate and Family Court considers a divorce case, it also ...

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  • Permission to leave the state with your child(ren) Married

    If you are still married to the other parent,but are not divorced and have not been to court, under Massachusetts law you and your spouse share custody of the child. That means that it is lawful for either parent to remove the child from the state. Where the parents have not been...

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  • Permission to leave the state with your child(ren) Not Married

    If you were never married to the other parent, and even if you have custody of the child, you might still be well-advised to seek the other parents agreement or even better, permission from a judge if there is no agreement. Even though there is no clear legal requirement about ge...

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  • Permission to leave the state with your child(ren) Domestic Violence

    If you are the unfortunate victim of domestic violence, then you may need to leave the state quickly, or at least the area that your spouse resides, and you will want to do so with your child in order to be safe. If it is at all possible, you should still consult with an attorney...

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  • Does the removal law that requires getting permission apply to all children?

    No. The removal law requires getting permission if the child was born in Massachusetts or has lived in Massachusetts for five years, if the child is not old enough to give his or her consent, and if a probate and family court has jurisdiction (that is, authority) to make a custod...

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