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There are two types of divorce in Massachusetts: Contested and Uncontested. The type you file in your divorce will depend on whether you and your spouse can come to an agreement regarding the major issues in your divorce. Under Massachusetts law, specifically M.G.L. 208, Section 1A and 1B, parties may obtain a divorce through the filing of either an Uncontested, Joint Petition (1A Petition) or Contested (1B Petition). In order to proceed under a Joint Petition or Uncontested 1A Petition, the parties must essentially be in complete agreement as to the resolution of all issues attendant to their specific divorce.

Issues in divorce actions typically involve child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, division of debt, division of both real and personal property, who will carry the health insurance, payment of uninsured medicals and who can claim the children or children for tax deduction purposes. If the parties are unable to resolve these issues and require the court’s assistance then the parties will normally proceed under a 1BContested Petition. As you might expect uncontested divorces tend to be much less expensive and time-consuming than contested actions.

Regardless, Attorney Andrew H. P. Norton has the skill and the experience needed to handle both types of divorce proceedings. Attorney Norton will advise you of your available options and the best course of action with which to proceed.


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Gray Divorce – Divorce Over 50

Divorce rates in the United States are declining – except for people over 50. Twenty years ago, just one in 10 spouses who split was age 50 or older; today, it is one in four. As people live longer, they have more opportunities to grow – and grow apart. As the kids grow up and move out, the glue that holds many marriages together dissolves. With more women working and becoming financially independent, with some of them out-earning their spouses, there is no longer a financial imperative for women and couples to stay in a bad relationship. In addition to the society constantly changing, there’s less stigma attached to ending a marriage and living single or as a single parent.

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