Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers for Women
Helping the Women of Massachusetts Navigate Divorce
The Massachusetts divorce attorneys at Miller Law Group, P.C. believe that, all too often, the deck is stacked in favor of the husband during divorce negotiations. In cases in which property division is complex, women stand to lose the most. There are many factors involved in the division process, which can make it difficult to decipher the advantages or disadvantages of various settlement offers—especially for women who haven’t been involved in the management of household finances.
Marital property may include complex financial assets such as:
- Retirement plans
- Stock options
- Restricted stock
- Real estate
- Intellectual property
- Brokerage accounts
- Closely held businesses
- Professional practices
The fact is, divorce still tends to damage women financially far more than it does men. The negative effects can reach far into the future. Women who've been out of the workforce for many years or earn substantially less than their husbands often find their post-divorce expenses greatly exceed their income. The result? They start liquidating assets soon after the divorce to maintain something close to the lifestyle they had while married. Learn more about divorce for women. Call (508) 502-7002 to speak with our team.
What to Expect If You Have a Controlling Husband
Add divorce to the mix with an already controlling husband, and you should not expect him to be cooperative or go away quietly. Anticipate manipulative and potentially explosive behavior. Most controlling husbands will try to convince you that they know the law and how it affects your divorce. At the same time, he’ll feel the rules do not apply to him, making him more difficult to deal with.
We encourage you to do the following:
Never let your husband convince you not to hire a lawyer.
The process is designed to be adversarial, and if the two of you haven’t been able to negotiate issues throughout your marriage, what makes you think things would be any different now? Chances are he has something to hide or something he wants, and he knows that if you hire an attorney, it will be more difficult to achieve this goal.
Understand the mechanics of both child support and spousal support.
The best way to understand is to educate yourself as to how the law works and how it will affect your unique situation. For specific questions, call any of our attorneys. We will answer your questions and provide you with some of the information you need.
Have plenty of cash on hand to get you through the next two or three months.
Make sure you have enough money to pay your bills in case you are denied access to your accounts.
Avoid Making These Mistakes
Short-term thinking and underestimating your expenses.
Many women getting divorced concentrate only on their daily cash needs and miss the big financial picture, including living expenses. You must write down your expenses and develop a realistic budget each month.
Meeting your husband alone to discuss settlement.
Husbands are notorious for cornering their wives without an attorney present to try to control the situation.
Thinking you will get a chance to tell your story to the judge.
Even if you go to trial, there are strict rules about what and how evidence is presented and what you can say.
Sweating the small stuff.
Women don’t want their husbands to get away with anything, so they jump on every little thing that comes their way.
These are just some of the mistakes you should be careful about. Learn more by exploring Top 10 Divorce Mistakes.
Women: Don’t Rush to Settlement!
Some husbands stall and delay, while others are the opposite. It’s usually because he has something to hide. Here’s how this tactic works: Very early in the process, he suggests the two of you can work it out without the need for attorneys. Then, there is a seemingly fair settlement proposal. More often than not, the goal is to get the divorce over quickly. The problem is, you never have time to receive or review all financial documents, so you may not have a complete understanding of what you both own and/or owe.
Courtroom Conduct for Mothers
Every time you appear in court, all eyes are on you: the judge is assessing your credibility, opposing counsel is watching to see if you will act logically or emotionally, and court personnel is wondering if you will be likable or a pain in their behind.
Going to court for the first time? Here’s what you need to know:
- Don’t let your appearance for your case be the first time you walk into the courtroom. Visit the court before your court date. Learn the ropes as to how your judge runs the courtroom. Is he or she on time or more relaxed about time? Is the courtroom crowded?
- Bring a notebook with you to court. You will want to take notes.
- When you are on the witness stand, listen and make sure you understand each question you are asked.
- When answering questions, give the shortest answer possible. Do not provide more information than is needed.
- Avoid using absolute words such as no, never, and always.
- Beware of an attorney trying to box you in with questions that include “everything you remember” or "everything that you know.” Answer the question, but cover yourself by also saying, “That is what I can remember right now.”
- If you do not remember something, simply say so.
Strong Massachusetts Lawyers for Strong Women
Even with more women in the workplace than ever, there are still many divorce situations in which women are the disadvantaged spouse. At Miller Law Group, we have considerable experience representing women in family law matters. From alimony to child custody, we are prepared to protect the best interests of women across the economic spectrum. For a free, no-obligation consultation and strategy session, call us at (508) 502-7002 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys!