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Top 10 Money Tips for a Successful Marriage
Financial problems are one of the leading causes of divorce. Money touches nearly every aspect of marriage from looming bills to the type of lifestyle you lead. How much money you have, and how you spend it, will affect your relationship with your spouse now and for years to come. Couples who follow some basic spending rules are far more likely to have happier, more successful marriages. ... READ MORE

What Is Spousal Privilege?
Historically, married couples have enjoyed special privileges ranging from tax benefits to courtroom privileges. The “spousal privilege” also called the “marital privilege,” protects the sanctity of spousal communications. In certain circumstances, married couples don’t have to testify against a spouse or disclose confidential conversations with a spouse. Read on to find out more about the spousal privilege and it’s application in the courtroom. ... READ MORE

Common Law Marriage and Divorce: What Happens to the Kids?
Ending a relationship when you have children can be difficult. And if you're unmarried, it adds another layer of complexity. How things play out under these circumstances may depend on whether your relationship is considered a common law marriage. ... READ MORE

Common Law Marriage and Divorce: Do I Have to Pay Alimony?
Find out whether alimony is available after a common law marriage. ... READ MORE

Common Law Marriage and Divorce: What Happens to the Property?
If you’ve been in a long-term relationship, odds are you and your partner have accumulated personal property and possibly some real estate. If you're in a common law marriage, it will affect how your assets are divided. Find out more about property distribution and common law marriage. ... READ MORE

What Is Common Law Marriage?
Learn more about this uncommon form of legal marriage. ... READ MORE

What States Recognize Common Law Marriage?
Learn more about common law marriage and where these partnerships are recognized. ... READ MORE

I Do, I Do, I Do: Is Polygamy Legal?
For most, being married to one person is perfectly normal and forms the basis for a happy family life. For others, though, having more than one spouse is a way of life. But there may be consequences for choosing that lifestyle. In the Open In Utah, four women consider themselves the wives of the same ... READ MORE

Love and Finances: Money-Proof Your Relationship
A long time ago, many marriages were arranged for financial or social gain.  The bride's family gave the groom's family a dowry to start the couple out in life. This money became his money. Later, marriages were for love, but the husband worked outside the home and the wife in the home still without ... READ MORE

Remarriage
Many people marry more than once. If you are planning on remarrying, you should be aware of certain related issues that may arise. There may be past obligations, such as child support and alimony, which could affect your relationship with your new spouse. There are also certain requirements that you ... READ MORE

 

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Premarital Agreements – Before and After

Estate planning is not usually the first thing that comes to mind for those about to enter into a marriage, but planning out financial matters ahead of time can have a positive impact on a marriage. P ... Read more

Mediation Process in Child Custody

Moms, did you see your kids on Mother’s Day? Dads, will you see your kids on Father’s Day? What’s happening this summer? Getting the short end of the stick? Enforcing or modifying ti ... Read more

MEN: Here’s A Few Tips For Handling Your Finances During Divorce

Men who are going through a divorce might think they’re biased against in court, but fortunately, that’s not the case. There are many things you can do to help make this divorce go smoothl ... Read more

Moving with Children Post-Divorce in Massachusetts

Custody arrangements often necessitate parents living in relatively close proximity to each other to facilitate the back-and-forth nature of the physical custody schedule. However, personal situations ... Read more

Income Attribution in MA Child Support and Alimony Cases

In cases involving child support and alimony in Massachusetts, can a party be made accountable for the money he or she is not making? Child support and alimony orders can become a complicated matter i ... Read more

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