Thousands of Americans wind up filing for divorce every year, but each case may be slightly different. There are a myriad of decisions that need to be made before the divorce can be finalized. Here we’ve gathered a few common issues that often require resolution before each party can go their separate ways.
- Child custody. The state of Massachusetts is currently going more towards a statewide, mandatory split custody, which means both the mother and father can see their children for the same amount of time every week and/or month. However, for now the decision still needs to be made regarding who will house them the most.
- Child support. If children are under the age of 18 or the judge believes it still necessary to support a couple’s children, an agreement must be reached regarding which spouse will receive monetary benefits to take care of the kids.
- Visitation rights. Depending on which spouse is appointed child custody, the other must seek visitation rights. This all depends on a number of other factors such as whether or not that spouse has a drug addiction or has a history of abuse.
- Asset division. Sometimes couples are able to work this out on their own without a divorce attorney, but a majority will seek legal help splitting assets because communication between both parties is ineffective. Bank accounts, possessions or stocks must be split.
- Alimony. Like child support, alimony is monetary assistance for a spouse that may have previously relied on their partner for income. A divorce lawyer can help reach a reasonable agreement.
- Debt division. An often overlooked subject, the division of debt is often a contested one. A divorce lawyer can help determine who is responsible for what debts. Credit cards and bills are common examples of what needs to be split.
Have further questions about the divorce process? Contact the Law Office of Bardsley and Gray today for a free half hour consultation.