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Getting divorced can be the most stressful and difficult time in a person's life. Often times, highly sensitive issues can cause fights and miscommunication. This is why it is important to retain trustworthy legal counsel.
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Types of Divorce in Massachusetts
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.
What is Involved in a Divorce?
Issues in divorce actions typically involve:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Division of debt
- Division of both real and personal property
- Who will carry the health insurance and payment of uninsured medicals
- 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.
How to File for Divorce in MA
Firstly, you must meet the residency requirements for divorce in Massachusetts. In order to file for divorce in Massachusetts, one of the parties must have been a resident of the state for at least one year before filing the Complaint for Divorce. This means that one of the spouses must have resided in Massachusetts continuously and uninterruptedly for 12 months prior to filing.
The divorce process in Massachusetts follows these steps:
- Determine residency requirements and eligibility to file for divorce;
- File a Complaint for Divorce with the court;
- Have summons served to your spouse so they can respond to the complaint;
- Engage in mediation or settlement negotiations between parties outside of court;
- If necessary, go before a judge in family court and present evidence during a trial; and
- Receive judgment from the judge which will determine division of assets and child custody arrangements (if applicable).
When going through this process, it's important to have an experienced Bridgewater divorce lawyer on your side.
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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.