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Understandably, high-value divorces bring added complexity

That above post headline for today's blog entry doesn't exactly rock your world, does it?

After all, it's just a given -- and eminently obvious, too -- that a comparatively high threshold of wealth featuring in a divorce will yield layered concerns and complexities that are simply absent in dissolutions marked by more modest asset holdings.

Potentially with material implications: the family name in a divorce

A family law writer addressing a somewhat singular though potentially important consideration in a divorce proceeding calls it "the one elephant in the room no one thinks about until it's a problem."

And that is this: the last name a couple shared during marriage.

Asset dissipation in divorce: the need to respond is obvious

Although it certainly doesn't denote commonplace behavior in most divorces, the actions of a spouse marked by a clear bad-faith impulse to materially hurt a partner financially are far from being aberrational in select marital dissolutions in Massachusetts and nationally.

In fact, and as centrally noted by a divorce contributor in a Forbes family law-focused article, the so-called "dissipation of marital assets" rears its ugly head with sufficient frequency to warrant cautionary flags and an attendant signal to act by an innocent spouse on many occasions.

What promotes marital stability, drives divorce for 50-plus group?

Family-focused researchers, demographers, policy makers and academics seem to have an unending fascination with quantifying divorce through data-churned analysis and statistics intent on rendering it ever-more understandable.

And predictable.

Many factors can weigh in on divorce, including politics

Our readership is, we note well, the antithesis of an audience that makes snap judgments and is generally uninformed on material matters that broadly affect Americans in fundamentally important ways.

We know that Massachusetts residents from across the state who read our family law blog posts (and, hopefully, find them to be uniformly informative, timely and personally relevant) have deeply personal and thoughtfully nuanced views on all manner of subjects, ranging from finances and child rearing to religion, education and more.

High-asset divorce: not always just a matter of degree

Just as there is typically some commonality featuring among divorces, there are just as assuredly marked differences owing to the organic and unique nature of every relationship.

One common misconception held by many people in Massachusetts and elsewhere is that, while truly high-asset divorces obviously involve comparatively enhanced wealth levels, there is actually not much that is different about a decoupling where significant assets are in play. That is, material matters that emerge are also at issue in less well-heeled dissolutions, with contrasts being mostly a matter of degree.

Divorce and retirement: an introduction to QDROs

Most couples who have been married for long periods of time have invested large amounts of time, effort and expense in their relationship. This process of creating a life together generally combines their emotional and financial assets. However, having large amounts of retirement assets can give rise to complications if they decide to divorce.

For couples who have been investing in their futures for years, they have probably amassed a significant amount of their assets in the form of retirement savings. Since marital assets are usually divided during divorce, should retirement assets be divided as well? This is where QDROs come in.

Truly, work on that communication if you're divorced and have kids

Clarion call to all divorced parents who, while loving their kids to an inestimable degree, couldn't stand their former partner in the months prior to dissolution and still feel the same way now: suck it up.

It's not about you. Not even remotely.

Court rulings lining up in favor of same-sex couples

To say that progress for same-sex and other so-called "nontraditional" families in Massachusetts and across the country has been steady and problem-free in family law matters would of course be a flatly fantastic statement not remotely grounded in reality.

In fact, achievements for the LGBT community and other individuals who identify themselves in a contrastive manner to heterosexuals have been hard fought and not without frequent heartbreak. Progress has been unsteady, and certainly not consistent across state borders.

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