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Can I Modify My Separation Agreement?

Can I Modify My Separation Agreement? modify separation agreement Can I Modify My Separation Agreement? AdobeStock 139976447 640x427 300x200It is not uncommon for a spouse to want to modify certain provisions of his or her Separation Agreement after a divorce. As time goes on, circumstances will most certainly change for the former spouses. However it is important that spouses make any changes through the Probate and Family Court, and not through a private agreement, as private agreements are not enforceable through the courts.

Before a spouse can seek a modification in the court, he/she must first ascertain if the provision he/she wants modified can be modified. In Massachusetts, Separation Agreements either “merge” or survive”. When a separation agreement “merges” it means that all provisions in the agreement may be modified through a Complaint for Modification, upon a showing of a material change in circumstances. When a separation agreement “survives” it means it has … Read More »



Financial Planning For and During a Divorce

What are the legal fees of divorce? divorce financial planning Financial Planning For and During a Divorce How Much Will My Divorce Cost 199x300A divorce brings about many changes in a person’s life. One of the most significant changes is the financial impact of a divorce. Spouses go from having a combined household with (usually) two separate incomes, to living apart, and supporting themselves on their own. If you are contemplating a divorce, or have already filed for divorce, there are different actions you can take to plan for your own financial future after a divorce.

Create a Budget:

Review your household expenses to see what your weekly/monthly expenses come out to. In addition to including the usual expenses (i.e. mortgage/rent, utilities, heat, cable TV, telephone, groceries, clothing, etc.), don’t forget to include other typical expenses, such as uninsured medical expenses, motor vehicle expenses, child care, vacation and entertainment, education costs for yourself and your children.

Once you have your budget, look at … Read More »



Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?

divorce mediation Is Divorce Mediation Right for You? good mediatorThere are many benefits to divorce mediation, but it is not always right for each couple. If you are thinking about getting divorced, and you can’t decide whether to try divorce mediation, here are some things to consider.

In divorce mediation a couple can work together amicably to resolve the issues relating to the divorce. Through this process there is less stress and drama. Divorce mediation uses a collaborative process where you and your spouse are in control and make the decisions, and not a judge. It typically takes a shorter amount of time and is more cost effective. Rather than the spouse against spouse model of traditional litigation, this is a mutual process, and you can leave the mediation process on good terms, which does not always happen with litigation.

However, divorce mediation is not for everyone. There are certain circumstances where divorce mediation may not work. One instance is where this is a history or abuse or violence in the relationship, or where … Read More »



Financial Disclosure in a Divorce

What are the legal fees of divorce? financial disclosure in a divorce Financial Disclosure in a Divorce How Much Will My Divorce Cost 199x300When spouses are going through a divorce, a common concern is that their husband/wife will not fully disclose their assets. In Massachusetts, to protect against this issue, the Court issued Supplemental Probate Court Rule 410, in which both parties must exchange certain financial information within 45 days after the defendant was served the summons and complaint for divorce. Under Supplemental Probate Court Rule 410, spouses must exchange:

Federal and state income tax returns and schedules for the past three (3) years and any non-public, limited partnership and privately held corporate returns for any entity in which either party has an interest together with all supporting documentation for tax returns, including but not limited to W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, K-1s, Schedules C and Schedules E.

Statements for the past three (3) years for all bank accounts held in … Read More »



Health Insurance Coverage After a Divorce

Health Insurance Divorce health insurance and divorce Health Insurance Coverage After a Divorce AdobeStock 43200547 300x200It is not uncommon during a marriage for one spouse to be the primary policyholder of a medical insurance plan and the rest of the family to be covered under that one plan. Typically, the plan is offered through that spouse’s employer. However, when spouses file for divorce, the question arises as to how will the other spouse, and also the children, be covered by medical insurance.

In Massachusetts, there are laws that require the policyholder spouse to continue to provide coverage to the children, and also to the other spouse, so long as coverage to the other spouse is available. In the common situation where an insurance policy is provided through a group plan offered by the policyholder’s employer, then pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws chapter 175, Section 110I, … Read More »



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