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Mediation in MA: 3 FAQs relevant for the coronavirus pandemic

Although still operating, the current coronavirus has slowed things down at the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts. The court is currently operating following the guidelines as set by the Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-20: Court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19. Basically, this means the court will only address emergency matters. Whenever possible, it will use phone calls or video conferencing. Where these methods are not possible, the court will delay hearings until it deems it safe to return to normal operations within the courthouse.

Three steps to help split real estate during divorce

Those who go through a divorce will generally need to account for and split all marital assets. One of the most valuable assets to split is real estate. Some couples will need to decide how to handle a family home, while others will also need to account for vacation homes and additional properties.

Obtaining a Divorce during the COVID-19 Pandemic

For some couples, divorce is a long, hard-fought process where at least one spouse is determined to win at any cost. These divorces can drag on for years, taking a heavy emotional toll on everyone involved. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you and your spouse can agree on all the issues that need to be resolved in your divorce, you can obtain an uncontested divorce, also known as a "1A" divorce. Uncontested divorces are the quickest and cheapest way to end a marriage in Massachusetts.

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