Massachusetts Divorce: Understanding the “Nisi Period”

If you are interested in filing for divorce in Massachusetts, you may be surprised to know that there is a mandatory waiting period between the time when your divorce is granted and when it is final. The time between when a judge grants your divorce and when the divorce is final is known as the “Nisi period.” The Nisi period lasts 90 days. If you filed a joint petition, there is a 30-day waiting period before the Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Property Valuation Process in Massachusetts

One of the main worries of divorcing couples is how their property will be valued and distributed after the divorce. Your family home, car, and other assets must first be assigned a value before they can be distributed. It is important to get an accurate and fair valuation of your assets to ensure that you receive you fair share.  You and your spouse can either agree on the value of your assets or, if an agreement Read More

Alimony in Massachusetts: How Courts Calculate Your Post-Divorce Payments

One of the ways that an individual can recover from the financial burden of a divorce is by being awarded alimony and utilizing the money to start a new life. Alimony allows an individual to make positive changes such as preparing for a career or relocating, or being reimbursed for support they provided their ex-spouse during the marriage. It can also help provide the financial stability needed for a lower-earning Read More

Help! My Children Are Being Turned Against Me!

Even in the most amicable divorce, shared custody can be difficult at times. Normal difficulties become something much more sinister when one parent attempts to sabotage the relationship of their child with the co-parent. The parent on the receiving end of such manipulation is often hurt, confused, angry, and unsure of their legal options. By learning to identify signs of parental alienation and utilizing simple tips Read More

What Massachusetts Couples Should Know About Cohabitation Agreements

You may be looking forward to moving in with your significant other, but have you thought about the legal implications of doing so? While Common law marriage is recognized in the state of Rhode Island—which we will discuss in a future blog—it is not recognized in Massachusetts. Thus, those living with a partner in MA may need to make separate legal arrangements for various elements inherent in cohabitation, such as Read More