Massachusetts Divorce Strategy
There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Divorce
Each case is as unique as the individual’s circumstances. Our approach starts with customizing our strategy to fit our client’s situation. During our initial consultation, we talk about your circumstances, your personal goals and a summary of your financial situation.
Once we have had the chance to get to know you and your goals in divorce, we often recommend the following strategies:
- File first. When a strategic approach is needed in divorce cases, 9 times out of 10, we file first. This allows us to show how we have a clear plan of action. If done properly, filing first will allow you and your attorney to create significant advantages for you, avoid some common pitfalls and create a climate for a divorce settlement in which you have control of the situation.
- Be careful about communications with your spouse. Assume all written communications will be used against you in court and that anything you say is being recorded. Avoid arguments or fights of any kind.
- Don’t move out of your home prior to talking with your lawyer. If you do, you could lose a significant tactical advantage regarding the use of the home, access to financial resources or parenting time you may have with your children.
- Subpoena employment records to verify your spouse’s salary, bonus and overtime income.
- Perform a name search with the Registry of Deeds. Double check there are no other properties listed in your spouse’s name.
- Cross check your children’s attendance records with the parenting schedule to be sure the other parent is bringing the children to school on time. The same goes with making sure they don’t miss extra-curricular events or sporting events.
- If you are seeking more parenting time and find yourself being challenged, document your spouse’s unreasonableness. All your emails, text messages or other forms of written communication are admissible in court and show your spouse’s lack of cooperation. Judges are concerned about how much of a role you play in your children’s lives. Be sure to participate in parent-teacher conferences, appointments, and call your children’s friends’ parents to arrange sleep-overs or getaways.
- Perform a social media inventory on the opposing party prior to filing. Take screen shots of all of the postings in their social media account history to gather pictures and statements that can be used to help you during the trial.
- Beware of any sudden pre-divorce spending sprees by your spouse. Some spouses believe that increasing their spending during marriage (just before separation or not) can inflate the family lifestyle and justify an increase in child support or in alimony.
- Check the Secretary of State website. This will show whether your spouse is listed on any corporations as an officer or owner.
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Whether you have just begun your search for an attorney or are considering changing divorce attorneys, we encourage you to contact the Massachusetts divorce lawyers at Miller Law Group, P.C. for a free evaluation of your case.
You want to succeed and we don’t like to lose, so contact us to learn about your legal rights in a divorce!