The 7th topic to consider is part of the property division. This is controlled by Massachusetts General Laws chapter 208, section 34.
Volumes have been written about this and frankly it is an area where cases that may go to trial as valuation issues, particularly with businesses, can be intractable.
Below is an general outline of some issues to think about when dividing real estate, though every month someone comes up with something new, so this is NOT all inclusive.
- If you rent this is simpler; however, there may be lease issues, such as who is on the lease, or will one of you need to indemnify the other?
- If you own, consider who will have use and possession during the divorce and what will happen with eventual ownership. If there is a sale or transfer within the couple or not, you need to think about the tax issues, including capital gains (don’t forget the exclusion on sale for your primary residence), as well as who deducts the interest and real estate taxes. You will have to decide how the bills are paid pre-divorce. Will the mortgage need to be re-written to remove one