Our family law and divorce attorneys protect the interest of our clients with experience, compassion and discretion. We explore your options and work with you to arrive at the best outcome with your best interest in mind.
We represent men and women throughout Worcester and Middlesex counties in divorce litigation and divorce mediation matters.
Strategies with your best interests in mind.
We take the time to get to know our clients. Once we understand what’s most important to you, we can devise strategies and pursue a course of action. Perhaps decisions about your children are your chief concern:
- Where will they live?
- When will the children be with the mother or father?
- Who makes the important decisions such as education and health care?
- The list goes on.
Talk with a lawyer who keeps up with the changes in the law and who understands why those changes happen. That is what you get when you meet with our lawyers. If your kids are adults or you didn’t have any children together, the focus of your divorce may be on division of assets or spousal support.
Your Massachusetts divorce may take one of three paths.
Dissolution of Marriage – Massachusetts is a no-fault divorce state. That means that you do not need to prove that the other party is at fault to get a divorce. If the marriage is over, that is all that the law requires. Either party can file to legally end the marriage, and the usual grounds required are the marriage is irretrievably broken.
Generally, all issues of property division, children and support must be determined at the time the final judgment concludes the litigation. For special circumstances, a court may bifurcate the case and enter a partial final judgment and reserve judgment on the bifurcated issues for a later date.
Legal Separation (Support Without Dissolution)- Legal separation is not a term used in Massachusetts family law cases. Instead of filing suit for a legal separation, one files a complaint for separate support. In those cases, there is no division of property. Since the parties are technically still married, the Court cannot divide property. Only custody and support issues are heard. These cases are rare. However, if the parties do not believe that the marriage is irretrievably broken, but they need an enforceable court to establish custody and direct support for a spouse and/or children, this is the course of action to consider.
Annulment – A legal annulment is a determination that the marriage was void or invalid when the marriage occurred. There are two kinds of void marriage, and the distinction between void and voidable marriages is important when deciding whether a spouse would be able to obtain an annulment. A marriage that is void cannot be made valid, but a marriage that is voidable may become valid. You should consult a divorce attorney to see if you qualify for either. Grounds for annulment include:
- incestuous marriage;
- bigamous marriage;
- petitioner’s age at time of marriage;
- prior existing marriage;
- unsound mind; and,
Are you considering divorce?
Our divorce lawyers can help you work out an agreement through mediation, negotiation, or vigorously fight for your rights in court litigation. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.