Divorcing Incarcerated Spouses in Massachusetts

Divorce is always a difficult time in people’s lives, however, the process can become even more complicated if their spouse is currently incarcerated. If you are considering divorcing your incarcerated spouse, please read on and reach out to our experienced Massachusetts divorce attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I divorce an inmate for free?

The unfortunate reality is that generally, divorce is never free. That is why if you are getting divorced, you must ensure you retain experienced legal counsel who is ready to resolve your divorce as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our firm has done so for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. We recognize how difficult it can be to stay married to an incarcerated spouse, especially if he or she is guilty of heinous crimes. We are qualified to assist you through these difficult times.

What paperwork is needed to divorce my incarcerated spouse?

Before beginning the divorce process, you must ensure you have all the mandatory documentation on hand. For instance, oftentimes, spouses must first obtain information regarding their spouse’s incarceration, which they will have to get from the criminal court clerk. Our firm can help you do that. When the time comes for you to serve your spouse divorce papers, depending on your situation you may either hire someone to do so, mail the serve via certified mail, or go to the prison and serve your spouse personally. Once you have done so, you will have to obtain proof of service.

Once you have completed the above steps, your divorce will most likely closely resemble all other standard divorces, except your spouse will not be present at the divorce hearings. To start, your divorce will either be contested or uncontested. If you and your spouse cannot agree on its terms, such as alimony, child support, and more, you will enter a contested divorce. This will begin the litigation process, where your assets will be subjected to equitable distribution. Equitable distribution is rarely a simple process, which is why if you are divorcing an incarcerated spouse, you must retain the services of an experienced, aggressive attorney as soon as possible.

Contact our experienced Massachusetts firm

For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.