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Be careful of being too nice during a Massachusetts divorce

Experts have found that a large amount of mistakes made in a divorce proceeding come from the parties being too nice to each other. In many cases, this desire is based on the parties looking to leave the marriage with as little resistance as possible. However, this mentality can backfire on Massachusetts couples looking for a divorce and, according to many experts, can leave them in a disadvantaged situation.

One of the common issues that face couples who wish to remain amicable is deciding who takes the home. In many cases, one party will elect to take the home for the good of the children in lieu of receiving other assets. However, despite this good faith effort to keep the home intact, many individuals do not consider whether they can still afford to pay for the house once the divorce is finalized.

Experts do not discourage the desire of a separating couple to be amicable. Instead, they believe each couple should remain aware of all of the financial issues when having a friendly discussion about who is entitled to what. In many cases, these couples will refrain from talking about important financial issues due to their wish to remain civil. However, experts claim that the open discussion of each person's position with regards to what they are entitled to will further benefit the long-term relationship between the parties.

There are many emotional and financial benefits that a Massachusetts couple can enjoy when they amicably discuss divorce issues. However, despite these benefits, it is important that each party remember not to sacrifice their personal well-being in an effort to remain friendly. The correct understanding of what each party is entitled to can help ensure the parties' continued cooperation both during and after a divorce.

Source: Reuters, "Divorce mistakes you can make by being too nice," Geoff Williams, June 26, 2012

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