Category Archives: Property Division

Home Alone – Should You Really Keep the House After Your Massachusetts Divorce?

By Massachusetts divorce lawyer and mediator Stephen McDonough of 

The Divorce Collaborative

Should I Stay or should I go?  Deciding whether to maintain the marital home post-divorce requires careful consideration.

Should I stay or should I go? Deciding whether to stay in the marital home post-divorce requires careful consideration.

The marital home is oftentimes a couple’s largest financial …

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Pets and Your Massachusetts Divorce

By Colleen Cunnally, Esq. – Divorce Lawyer and Mediator at The Divorce Collaborative

This dog may have his own ideas about where he wants to live after a divorce!

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time for Christmas!  My house …

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Divorce and Real Estate in the Bedford, MA Area

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By Bedford and Franklin, MA divorce attorney and mediator Stephen McDonough of The Divorce Collaborative.  Stephen is also a licensed Massachusetts real estate broker.

Divorce oftentimes involves the sale and/or purchase of real estate.   Our …

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Massachusetts Divorce – Handling Joint Debts

Nobody wants the debt at divorce time!

Thanks to our great economy, dealing with debt is a bigger part of divorce cases.  More then ever before, divorcing clients are facing short sales or foreclosure of real estate, bankruptcy, and significant …

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Everybody Wants Some! Social Security & Divorce in Massachusetts

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Like most government assistance programs, Social Security is confusing, especially when it comes to the topic of divorce.  In hopes of clearing up some of that confusion, here are some common questions and answers

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Massachusetts Divorce – Does Infidelity Really Matter?

The realization that your spouse was unfaithful during your marriage is upsetting, even life-altering to some. Reactions upon learning of a spouse’s affair vary, but include feelings of sadness, betrayal, shock, anger and an intense desire to listen to country

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Prenuptial Agreements: Why a Prenup Might be Right for You. By Carolyn Blake Dibbert, Esq.

"That's a lot of baggage!"

Prenuptial agreements (“prenups”) are often misunderstood.  They are not just  for wealthy celebrities who are trying to keep their millions out of reach in the case of a divorce.  The candidate pool for prenups has …

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Valuation Issues Surrounding Professional Practices at Divorce

Valuing a professional practice can be tricky

When a divorcing spouse owns a business, several  factors must be examined as part of the distribution of the marital estate.  The type of business entity in question will obviously play a major role in how the business asset will …

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Social Security and Divorce

I have received couple of questions on how divorce may affect social security benefits over the past week, so I thought a post on this topic might be helpful.

First, a good point to remember is that social security is …

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Retirement Plans – Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution

An important part of a divorce case is identifying and dividing up a couple’s marital property.  Within the marital estate, retirement plans frequently are one of the most valuable asset classes.   A qualified retirement plan is one that satisfies numerous …

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