Massachusetts Uncontested Divorce Lawyers in Mansfield, MA | Bristol County
Divorce is the legal means to end a marriage. When a couple divorces in the state of Massachusetts, many choose to resolve their matter through an uncontested divorce. These divorces are for those who agree to the conditions and terms of their divorce. In Massachusetts, most divorcing parties choose no-fault grounds to avoid legal issues before the divorce begins. Whether the couple jointly files or one spouse does, an uncontested divorce can help a couple end their marriage quietly. If you are considering an uncontested divorce, it is important to have legal support. For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has been a legal resource to Massachusetts regarding all divorce options. Contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.
What is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce means that both parties agree to the terms of all filings. Uncontested divorces often begin with one party or both parties citing “no-fault” grounds. A “no-fault” divorce is an uncontested divorce where one or both parties state that the marriage has broken down beyond repair. As fault grounds cite a reason for the divorce and blame one party, “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage” is grounds for divorce where no one is at fault, and no one can answer the complaint and stop the divorce. There are two kinds of “irretrievable breakdown” divorces; 1A and 1B divorce. A 1A divorce is an uncontested no-fault divorce. This means that both parties have agreed to all marital issues and have reached a written agreement about matters, including child support, child custody, alimony, parenting time, and the division of assets. A “1B” divorce would be uncontested in grounds only, leading to a contested divorce because marital issues are not resolved.
How can I get an uncontested divorce?
To get an uncontested divorce, you will need to resolve your issues outside of court. In order to accomplish this task, you may need to consider alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative divorce. Mediation is the process of coming to a written agreement with the help of a neutral third party called a mediator. The couple will come together to discuss all unresolved issues. The mediator will detail the resolution through a written agreement that can be filed with the court, leading to a Judgment of Divorce. Collaborative divorce is similar. Instead of using one legal professional to act as a facilitator, collaborative law brings separate legal counsel into a room to negotiate terms of a divorce.
Contact a Massachusetts uncontested divorce attorney
For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided excellent legal services for clients across Massachusetts. It is important that when facing such a significant legal matter, you pick the right attorney. Our firm understands what is at stake and we will do everything in our power to see that your rights are protected and you reach a fair conclusion to your legal matter. For a consultation with an effective law firm, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C.