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

By Massachusetts divorce lawyer and mediator Stephen McDonough of  The Divorce Collaborative The marital home is oftentimes a couple’s largest financial asset. Unfortunately, home values remain depressed and your real estate is also probably your largest expense. Part of property settlement discussions surrounding a divorce whether you are in divorce mediation or having a litigated, court-based case, involves whether one spouse or the other – or neither – should stay in the house.  Before agreeing to take over the house, also known as the marital home, do your homework and consider these  helpful pointers: First, check your credit score.  It’s […]

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Parenting Plan Challenges – Boston Divorce Lawyer

If you are a separated or divorced parent in Massachusetts, you are likely dealing with some disruption today.  I know this because today is Monday, and ends in a “y.”  Of course as parents, disruption is the norm, and we can handle it!   Parenting is certainly rewarding, but also presents challenges – especially during and after a divorce. Combine the regular parenting and custody issues such as communications and coordinating transportation and swirl in a Hurricane/Nor’easter for even more excitement!   The power just went off for the record.  Seriously. Sandy is wreaking havoc with power lines, tree branches, […]

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Massachusetts Divorce and Life Insurance

By Bedford and Franklin, MA divorce mediator and divorce lawyer Stephen McDonough, Esq. Life insurance can serve an important function in your Massachusetts divorce agreement. Before you can understand the key role life insurance plays in your divorce, knowing about the main policy types is helpful.  So, sit down and grab some napkins while we embark on an exciting journey into the world of life insurance! Two Types of Life Insurance – Chocolate & Vanilla  It is almost summer time, so imagine soft-serve ice cream…I frequently do…OK, stop. With soft-serve ice cream, two basic options exist, chocolate or vanilla.  If […]

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Divorce and Real Estate in the Bedford, MA Area

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 friend and realtor Suzanne Koller, owner of Suzanne & Company, Keller Williams Realty, reports the market is definitely improved this spring in Bedford and surrounding towns such as Concord, Carlisle, and Lexington. In fact, multiple offers are not uncommon this spring for houses in good condition and in desirable communities in the metro-west Boston area.  Suzanne has an informative website and definitely has the pulse of Bedford […]

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Massachusetts Divorce FAQ – Moving Out

By Massachusetts divorce lawyer and divorce mediator Stephen McDonough of The Divorce Collaborative of Bedford and Franklin, MA. If you are getting a Massachusetts divorce, can you make your spouse move out of the marital home, or can your spouse make you leave the house? Should you move out voluntarily?   Is it OK to wear white pants after labor day? With the exception of the fashion question, these are some of the most frequent questions our Massachusetts divorce and mediation clients worry about.   The best answers to these questions really depend on your specific situation, so get advice […]

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Your Massachusetts Divorce Support Team – Tips to Find the Right Therapist

While the thought of trying to choose a psychotherapist might seem intimidating or even overwhelming, it is not as difficult as you think. If you have ever picked a date for the prom, a baby sitter for your children, or a car to purchase, then you already know you are able to make choices. That’s good news at least.  If you are considering a Massachusetts divorce or are in the middle of one, then you may want to consider adding a mental health professional to your support team.   If you do not think you would benefit from therapy, well according […]

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Talking With Your Kids About Your Divorce – Podcast

As if getting a Massachusetts divorce wasn’t already stressful, once you and your spouse decide that is where you are heading you need to talk to the children about the transitions ahead.   Talking with your kids about your divorce can be a sad and stressful conversation.  Many of our clients are anxious about this, yet with some planning it can go smoothly and you will be better prepared. Previously, I wrote a blogpost on Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce.  I had a lot of good feedback on this post from parents. Because this topic so frequently comes up […]

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Six Stages of Divorce Mediation…and an Optional Van Ride

By Attorney & Mediator Stephen McDonough So, you have been doing some research about the benefits of divorce mediation, but what are the stages of a typical divorce mediation?  Once you and your spouse select a divorce mediator, he or she should provide a framework and structure to the process.  In my view, there are six main stages of a typical divorce mediation: 1.  Introductory – Stage 1 lays the groundwork for the rest of your divorce mediation.  Information regarding the mediation process and your client agreement will be explained.  Actually this stage starts during your initial contact with the […]

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Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce

By Stephen F. McDonough, Massachusetts Divorce Attorney & Mediator at The Divorce Collaborative.   And you thought the birds and bees talk was going to be stressful. Telling your children about your divorce is a difficult conversation that parents dread. Basically, the key to speaking to your children about your divorce is the same as if you were painting a room – it is all about the preparation. Thus, you and your spouse should talk together first, and agree on the following  “Four Ws”: Who will tell them? When will you tell your children? What will you tell them? Why – […]

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Ready, Set, Divorce! – 4 Steps to a Better Massachusetts Divorce

  You probably wouldn’t go on vacation without first figuring out where you want to go, what you’ll need to pack, how long to be away,  and how to get there. Likewise, you wouldn’t buy a house without first considering the size of the house you’ll need, which neighborhoods would be suitable, what your budget is, etc. Just like preparing for a vacation or house hunting, it can be helpful to do some planning to better prepare for your Massachusetts divorce. So, before heading into the office of a skillful mediator, collaborative attorney or divorce litigator it makes sense to […]

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