Is a little bit of knowledge dangerous in a divorce?


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.

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