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Equally valued divorce assets are all about the same, right?

If you are a Massachusetts resident contemplating divorce or already involved in the dissolution process, you likely don't need to be reminded by any third party that you should be closely focused on financial considerations.

You already know that money-related matters are going to be in a materially revised state once you hit post-divorce status.

Social media and custody: How what you post can affect your divorce

When it comes to divorce, there is the good, the bad and the ugly. When it comes to social media, your posts can land you firmly in the last two categories.

While the advent of social media means staying in touch more easily with friends and family, there is a downside. You may naturally turn to those folks for support while you are going through one of the toughest times in your life. And that’s good. We all need someone who can help us get to our new normal. Posting demeaning or derogatory comments about your ex, however, can create unintended consequences.

Sobering October focus: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is a harbinger month each year for many people across the country, denoting a seasonal transition and beginning march toward multiple major holidays, school reprieves for youngsters, family reunions and various year-end events.

As for itself, the month annually brings a time change (Fall back, Spring ahead) for most of the country, including Massachusetts. And then there is Halloween, of course.

High-profile alimony case concludes in Massachusetts

An alimony case decided just yesterday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court would have been of general interest to many people even absent some particular details that truly set it apart from other spousal maintenance-related outcomes.

Those details center on wealth and lifestyle and, importantly, future expectations. It is likely that many so-called "high asset" couples in Massachusetts who are contemplating ending their marriages or presently involved in the divorce process are perusing the specifics in the court's ruling at this very moment.

Taxes: a likely discussion topic during the divorce process

We have noted many times in past select blog posts that divorce in Massachusetts and elsewhere is never a typical or boilerplate process. Every dissolution is different, because every family is unique.

Having said that, though, it is certainly true that a few core considerations rise to prominence in many cases. Legions of couples have kids, of course, which obviously pushes to the fore concerns relevant to child custody, visitation and parenting plans. And spousal and child support understandably rise to a high level of importance in many divorces. So, too, does equitable property distribution and related financial matters

Commentator: finding your "right" divorce counsel

Commentator Dawn Doebler refers to such a professional in a recent family law article, with the financial adviser/analyst noting the salutary effect that proven advocacy delivered by such an individual on behalf of a client can bring in a divorce negotiation and settlement.

The bottom line delivered by Doebler in her piece on divorce-related legal representation is that any person reasonably desiring a best-case outcome in a divorce matter must necessarily make a bona-fide upfront effort to secure counsel that she (or he) feels truly comfortable and compatible with.

Divorce is more than just the end of marriage

On paper, divorce is the legal end to a marriage. However, when you look at the details of a divorce, you will find that it will touch many areas of your life that will outlast the legal process itself. According to, divorce is considered the second-most stressful event a person can go through in their lifetime, so it’s important for you to seek the right help to potentially mitigate the adverse effects of the end of marriage.

Why is divorce so painful?

Postnuptial agreements can make strong sense for some couples

We pose the following hypothetical -- which is certainly mirrored by reality in many Massachusetts marriages -- in an article on our family law website at the Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C.

To wit: One half of a married partnership -- let's say the wife, which is more commonly the case, although not exclusively so -- decides to forgo a lucrative career to stay at home and raise a growing family.

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