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 Kovacs Law, P.C. 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 support, 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 permitted.
Please contact a Worcester divorce lawyer at Kovacs Law, P.C., if you have questions regarding divorce.