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.
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.
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.
Massachusetts courts and those in most other American states employ a so-called "equitable property division" scheme when evaluating how marital property should be distributed in a divorce.
In recent months and in multiple places across the country, city clerks have been noting amped-up numbers relevant to marriage license applications.