Frequently Asked Questions
Worcester Divorce Lawyer
What are grounds for divorce in Massachusetts?
In our state, a no-fault divorce is most common, using the ground of an
"irretrievable breakdown" in the marriage. Divorces listing
fault are rare, but do include grounds of cruel and abusive treatment,
adultery and abandonment. Please contact an experienced Worcester divorce
attorney from the
Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. for more information and how we may be able to help you.
Why hire a family law attorney?
Family law is very complex and quite difficult for individuals to master sufficiently
to represent themselves in court. Judges do not have the ability to make
allowances for people who attempt to represent themselves and such individuals
typically end up getting confused or, by not understanding their rights,
agreeing to things that they would not typically have agreed to. Hiring
a lawyer to represent you in court will give you a much better opportunity
to obtain favorable results to your case and be assured that your rights
have been protected.
How much does a divorce cost?
The final cost in a
divorce case varies widely, and depends upon the amount of attorney time the client
uses. In cases where there is high conflict between spouses, as may occur
in issues of
spousal support as well as anything to do with children, i.e.,
child custody and
visitation issues, and in cases where there are significant and complex assets to
divide, the cost is considerably higher than in cases with substantially
lower assets and where there is agreement between the spouses.
How long before my divorce is final?
After both parties have signed the Separation Agreement, the court will
set a hearing date in 2-6 weeks and you can expect your divorce to be
final between 3-4 months after the court date. If your case goes to trial,
however, you may not receive your divorce for 2 years or even longer.
Is there a residency requirement for a divorce in Massachusetts?
Yes. A party may file for divorce in our state after residing here for
at least one year. If a couple was married here but neither spouse lives
in the state currently, it is unlikely that a divorce filing would be
Please contact a Worcester divorce lawyer
at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., if you have questions regarding divorce.