Massachusetts has taken the position that ALL assets of the parties (individual and marital) are put on the table for distribution at time of divorce. Many states honor "separate property" doctrine at time of divorce--that is property the parties' owned before marriage or in their name only -- but Massachusetts does not. So, any pension … Continue reading Can I Protect My Pension From My Soon-to-be Ex?
An agreement isn't binding until a judge signs and enters it. If you find, after consideration and possibly advice of independent counsel, that the terms and conditions enclosed in the Agreement are not tolerable or include things you feel you can not live with, then do not passively allow it to happen to you. Once … Continue reading Can I back out of divorce/separation agreement?
Verbal agreements between the parties are totally unenforceable in law. You must memorialize an agreement in writing and file it with the appropriate court. Any Settlement Agreement between the parties is subject to approval of the court. In addition to certain statutory requirements, the Agreement must be "fair", not entered into under duress and each … Continue reading Can My Husband & I Just Agree How We’ll Divide Our Property?