How to File for a Massachusetts Divorce
Legal Counsel for Divorce Issues in MA
When parties are facing a divorce, no matter which spouse may have initiated the process, emotions are especially high. The necessity of dividing property and debt and determining child custody, child support, and spousal support issues all may evoke a considerable reaction that cannot be ignored. Choosing the right divorce attorney is imperative during this stressful period.
At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., an experienced lawyer who has assisted hundreds of families with their divorces is waiting to also help you. We understand how delicate the negotiations can be in a divorce situation and approach each encounter with professionalism and an appreciation for the emotional toll that the process is likely taking on all partied involved. We are a boutique law firm, which serves us well by allowing us to give our clients the personal attention that is needed during such a distressing time.
Through the wide assortment of our legal services available to families in divorce situations, we pledge to work tirelessly to help our clients attain the best possible outcomes available. Our range of services includes:
The divorce process for each county in our state follows a similar sequence starting with the divorce filing. Next the temporary orders on matters relating to the spouses and to the children (if any) are issued, followed by the submission of various financial statements and the divorce discovery. Whether the divorce is reached amicably or a trial is held, each divorce ends with the court making its final divorce decree.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced?
Divorce can become 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.
Additional reasons to retain an attorney for your divorce include:
- Less stress over excess documents and court paperwork
- If your spouse has hired an attorney
- Constant and consistent communication during the entire process
- You suspect that your spouse may be hiding assets
Our objective is to save you time and the headache associated with this process. Our strategies are created to benefit you in the short and long-term. Call today for a consultation to see if we are the right fit for your case.
What are the Grounds for Divorce in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, you can file for either a fault, no-fault, contested, or uncontested divorce. It’s important that you choose which type of divorce best suits your situation before you begin the Massachusetts divorce process.
A fault divorce means that you are blaming the end of your marriage on your spouse and you must provide grounds for the divorce. In Massachusetts, there are seven grounds for a fault divorce:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Prison sentences of 5+ years
- Refusal to provide support
An experienced attorney can help you determine which type of divorce filing is for you.