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Do Child Custody Arrangements Need to Be Modified During Summer?

By DiBella Law Offices on July 19, 2017

Children are always excited for summertime.

But with children off from school, there can be potential problems with child care. Do child custody arrangements need modification in the summer? Read the rest »

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Hidden Assets in High Net Worth Divorces

By DiBella Law Offices on April 5, 2017

Divorces involving couples with significant net worth may be more complex, with diverse assets which may include investment accounts, properties, and business interests. Some spouses may attempt to move or conceal assets, which is why comprehensive strategies to identify, locate, and appraise them are necessary.

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Is My Soon-to-Be Ex-Spouse Responsible for My Credit Card Debt?

By DiBella Law Offices on March 30, 2017

Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and the Census Bureau reports that households are carrying credit card balances averaging $16,061. Credit-card interest rates are averaging roughly 18%; U.S. households average around $1,292 in yearly debt interest. Financial issues are a commonly cited reason for couples choosing to divorce.

Credit Card Impact on Spouses Depends on Whose Name Is on the Card

Credit card accounts in marriages can be in the name of one spouse, making that individual solely liable for credit purposes. If the credit card is in the name of both spouses, then they would both be jointly liable. Often one spouse will be the account holder, with the other spouse considered an authorized user, so that both parties can use the card if and when needed. In this arrangement, the credit of the authorized user will not be impacted regardless of the good or bad status of the debt.

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What to Bring to Your Divorce Consultation

By DiBella Law Offices on October 26, 2016

Whether you’re contemplating divorce or on the receiving end of divorce papers, the first step in the process is hiring a divorce attorney. The initial consultation you have with a divorce lawyer is perhaps the most informative meeting you’ll have. Because time during your initial consultation may be somewhat limited, it’s imperative that you prepare the best you can. In this blog, we explain what you should bring to your consultation. Read the rest »

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Obstacles Faced in a Late-Life Divorce

By DiBella Law Offices on October 6, 2016

Unfortunately, some couples can spend decades married and divorce later in life for the same reason younger couples do. In a late-life divorce, couples over the age of 60 face special obstacles when terminating their marriage – whether it be due to infidelity, a desire for a greater sense of independence, or irreconcilable differences. In this blog, our Burlington divorce attorney explains how asset division and health concerns can impact a late-life divorce. Read the rest »

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Four Tips to Protect Your Children During a Divorce

By DiBella Law Offices on December 22, 2015

Divorce is hard on everyone involved. It is especially hard on your children. You may think that you are trying to protect your children but instead you may be hurting them. As Methuen divorce attorneys, we see many children who are hurt by their parents who are in fact just trying to protect them. Read the rest »

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Working Effectively With Your Divorce Attorney

By DiBella Law Offices on December 7, 2015

Divorce is a stressful, often complicated process, and your attorney will be your guide and advocate for as long as it takes. You can make things easier for both of you by following a few basic tenets for working successfully with your Methuen divorce attorney: Read the rest »

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Defining Property Division in a Massachusetts Divorce

By DiBella Law Offices on November 25, 2015

When a couple goes through a divorce in Massachusetts, anything owned before a marriage is generally considered separate property while anything acquired during the marriage is joint property. Dividing joint property can be a difficult and contentious process, and property division in Massachusetts falls under equitable distribution laws. Read the rest »

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Understanding the Four Types of Alimony under Massachusetts Law

By DiBella Law Offices on November 18, 2015

One of the most contentious issues in a divorce is a determination of which of the spouses will have to pay alimony, how much the alimony will be and how long it will last. There are many factors to be considered including the relative earning power of the spouses, the length of the marriage, the circumstances of the divorce, and the contribution of each spouse to the family’s property and lifestyle. Read the rest »

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How to Start the Divorce Process

By DiBella Law Offices on August 10, 2015

The process of divorce is a painful and sometimes arduous one, and you may be wondering how to begin the process and whether you need the assistance of a Methuen divorce attorney, even if your relationship is amicable. Read the rest »

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