In a divorce, it can be. Listening to your friends, neighbors or relatives boast or bemoan about their divorce and what they acquired or didn’t can be extremely dangerous.

One important maxim that is true in every divorce is that EVERY DIVORCE is DIFFERENT.

Don’t think that just because your neighbor’s divorce ended with her getting the house and the kids, that the same will apply to your divorce. And when a newly divorced acquaintance starts bragging about how he took his ex-wife “to the cleaners,” etc., take it with a grain of salt. It is best to smile and nod, and move on to something more neutral, like the weather.

When you first consult with a lawyer about a potential divorce, come armed with the facts of your marriage.  Massachusetts has specific factors to be considered by the court.  The following factors are evaluated to determine the division of property in a divorce.

  • The length of the marriage
  • The conduct of the parties during the marriage
  • Age
  • Health
  • Station
  • Occupation
  • Amount and sources of income
  • Vocational skills
  • Employability
  • Estate
  • Liabilities and needs of each of the parties
  • Opportunities of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income
  • Amount and duration of alimony, if any
  • Present and future needs of dependent children
  • Contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation or appreciation in value of their respective estate
  • Contribution of each of the parties as a homemaker to the family unit

Bottom line, consult a divorce lawyer and learn the law as it relates to the facts of your case from a seasoned professional.

Yes, we think he would.  At the time of his great voyages to the new world, Christopher Columbus was a widower with two children; a 12 year old son, Diego as a result of his marriage to Filipa Moniz y Perestrello; (Filipa died in the time following the birth of Diego) and a 6 year old son Fernando as a result of his relationship with Beatriz Enriques de Trasierra – either a peasant or a noblewoman, depending on which history you read.

When he set sail, presumably Columbus would have made provisions for Diego. It is likely that Beatriz and her son would not have received support from Columbus as Fernando would be considered a child born out of wedlock and not favored in the eyes of the law at that time.  It is likely that Beatriz would have contacted an abogados(solicitor or lawyer) for help getting support for Fernando.  At the time he was due to set sail, Columbus was likely to have assets in the financing for his trip, as well as three ships, of which he was the Captain, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. He was also a favorite of the King and Queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella.  Surely, if Christopher was as bright as the famous poem portrays him to be, it is likely that he would have contacted an abogados and hopefully Ryan Faenza Carey would been available to assist him.