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Something to ponder if you're a baby boomer about to remarry

If you are a so-called baby boomer nearing retirement who is happily contemplating a second marriage that you just know is going to work, congratulations. Many people find true love and lasting stability in repeat unions that follow younger failings.

They also find something else, though, which family law commentators routinely stress merits thorough attention prior to a subsequent betrothal. A recent national article sums it up by pointing to "a lot of personal and financial decisions that need to be discussed before the wedding party."

Update on key alimony reforms: 2019 looming large

Alimony has been a hot-button family law topic for many months now. We noted that in a recent blog post, noting in our December 19 entry from last year President Trump's pledge to sign a congressional bill into law "before Christmas."

Well, he did precisely that. We stressed in the above post that we would timely address the law's "implications for alimony and other important family law considerations" in a timely manner. That moment reasonably seems to be right now, in the near wake of enactment and with the proverbial smoke having lifted a bit to reveal the clear details of what are unquestionably big alimony-linked changes.

Hiding assets is worse than cheating?

Stashing a few hundred dollar bills away for a couples trip to your favorite Air BnB is not what you would consider “hiding assets.” A marriage is a partnership. The expectation between two people in that union is that they share everything. Well, unfortunately, that is not always the case. It is estimated that more than 15 million people are hiding credit cards, checking accounts or savings from their live-in partners according to a study done by Bankrate. The financial services company found that hiding assets can have the same devastating effect as being unfaithful to your partner.

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Not every contested divorce is court-bound, but some certainly are

An understandable misconception held by many is that a so-called contested divorce occurring in Massachusetts or elsewhere is necessarily headed straight to a court for pitched battle and a judge-directed resolution.

That belief, though not entirely accurate, is widely shared in public; after all, television shows and movies routinely pitch it in courtroom dramas.

The sale of a family business in divorce is not inevitable

Of course it's not your child, but you can certainly get protective and emotional when it comes to your family business, right?

If you've got one of those, you undoubtedly worked long and hard -- perhaps alone, maybe alongside your spouse -- to make it profitable. You nurtured it, strengthened it through astute business decisions and now regard it as being almost an appendage of your personal and professional life.

Prenups increasingly common, seen more objectively these days

If you're old enough, you likely remember a time when it seemed almost taboo to interject the words "prenuptial agreement" into any marriage-related conversation.

The phrase unquestionably carried a stigma and negative connotation for legions of people, who viewed the very idea of executing such a contract prior to taking wedding vows as undermining love and marriage itself. How could a future union be solidified with a signed legal instrument providing for specific legal outcomes in the event of its failure?

Following the maze: uncovering hidden marital assets

You know your spouse is a notably successful business person, owning several companies. Additionally, he or she (let's just say he for purposes of this blog post) has bragged over the years about his investment acumen.

So where is all that wealth now, as you're looking for it in the divorce process? Your marriage has failed and you are entitled to an equitable share of its marital assets, but suddenly what you thought was there, well, isn't.

The role time plays in a short-term divorce

A short-term marriage

Crudely known as “starter” marriages, short-term marriages are nothing to balk at. After the “I dos” it is hard to imagine that anyone’s goal is to end up divorced. While legally time is an issue, it has no barring on the emotional component of a divorce. Mourning the loss of a marriage is painful, whether the marriage lasted five years or fifty.

Digital spying in the family law realm: it's a brave new world

A recent article from National Public Radio states that divorce in the early decades of the 21st century raises open questions regarding "what it means to be safe and how much privacy you're entitled to."

And that is perhaps nowhere more evident, stresses NPR, than in the realm of so-called "digital spying."

3 things to consider during a gray divorce

Divorce is difficult for any couple, but it can be especially tricky for those who have been married a long time. The divorce rate for couples who are 50 and older has increased over the past two decades, and it’s important to know how these divorces could differ from younger marriages.

Here are three things to keep in mind as you consider a gray divorce.

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