What are the Steps of a Massachusetts Divorce?

Divorce is a stressful process. Regardless of the cause of your divorce, a major life change is often difficult and stressful. One way to alleviate some of the stress you may feel about your divorce is by learning about the process. Knowing what to expect can make things much easier. Read on to learn more about the divorce process in Massachusetts.

State Requirements

If you wish to file for divorce in the state of Massachusetts, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have lived in the state for over a year
  • You have lived in the state as a married couple and the grounds for divorce occurred within state lines

Grounds for Divorce

Massachusetts is a no-fault state, and there are two main categories of no-fault divorce: 1A divorce and 1B divorce.

  • 1A divorce is an uncontested divorce. This means that both parties agree that they want a divorce and have resolved any marital issues, including child support, parenting time, and alimony, among other matters.
  • 1B divorce is a contested divorce. This means that only one party wants a divorce and/or the couple cannot resolve their marital issues. If the issues become resolved, it is possible to change the divorce from 1B to 1A. If not, the couple may have to litigate.

You may also cite a fault ground. In Massachusetts, you can cite from the following seven fault grounds:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Gross and confirmed habits of intoxication
  • Cruel and abusive treatment
  • Non- support
  • Impotence
  • Imprisonment of 5 or more years

Divorce Options

There are a few different processes you can go through to obtain a divorce. The main methods are mediated divorce, collaborative divorce, and litigated divorce. The option you choose will have a large impact on your divorce process, so it is important to research your choices and speak with an experienced attorney.

Matters to address

In order to finalize your divorce, a number of matters will need to be settled. Many divorces tackle issues of child custody, child support, the division of assets, spousal support, and more.

When getting divorced, it is important to work with the right attorney. Our firm will advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your options.

Contact our experienced Bristol County 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.