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Handling same-sex divorce in Worcester, Massachusetts

Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and in several other states in the United States. In Massachusetts, same-sex spouses are entitled to the same civil right to marry as are heterosexual couples. There are some married couples who end up not getting along. When marital disputes recur within the marriage, the couple often decides to split up, which is difficult for both parties, as the split could cause emotional stress and financial hardships. If the couple has children, divorce can be difficult for them as well. Division of property, alimony and spousal support may also be issues.

When considering divorce, many couples go the traditional route and hire a divorce attorney. Another approach that some couples take is to use a mediator to help them settle their differences and come to an amicable agreement. Choosing to hire a divorce mediator, whether the couple happens to be of the same sex or the opposite sex, may end up being a less-expensive alternative. Both parties may discuss an equitable decision with the help of a legal mediator who will guide them to a happy (or, at least, satisfactory) settlement.

If spouse are going to hire a lawyer or a mediator, it is a good idea if the person has been recommended by someone they know. Spouses facing divorce need someone who can truly understand their situation and be able to give them sound advice.

In the state of Massachusetts, just like the other states, finalizing a divorce may be a long process, but in the end, it will be worth it.

Source: Thebellinghamherald.com, "Great divorce tips: Picking a lawyer," Nov. 8, 2012

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