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So you’ve finally made one of the hardest decisions of your life. Choosing to sever ties with someone you once loved and shared a deep connection with is never an easy thing to do. Divorces are both emotionally and physically draining and cause contention within the family unit especially when children are involved. There are many legal aspects to divorce and family law including:
- Child Custody
- Department of Children and Families (DCF)
- Divorce Mediation
- Domestic Violence
- Family and Probate
- Restraining Orders
What is a divorce?
While divorces are quite common, often many people view it as just as a breakup between marital partners. A divorce is a legal procedure that terminates a marriage arrangement. The legal duties and responsibilities associated with the marriage are also dissolved during this process. Joint assets are split among the two parties and the living arrangements for the children conceived of the marriage are also addressed as well as a parenting schedule and child support expenses.
Who can file for divorce?
A petition for divorce can be filed jointly or by one of the spouses. Massachusetts is considered a no fault state. A spouse can only file for divorce on the grounds that the marriage is irretrievably broken. If the divorce petition is uncontested that means that both parties are in agreement that the marriage shall be dissolved and they both agree to the terms of the divorce. In contested divorces, one party is not for the dissolution of the marriage or they may not agree to the terms of the divorce.
There is a mandatory six month waiting period before a contested divorce can be legally granted in Massachusetts.
What We Can Do
During the divorce process legal agreements are made to resolve both current and potential issues that may arise in the future. This is why you need the help of a skilled divorce attorney who has your best interests in mind. If you are contemplating divorce contact the Briones Law Group. We can :
- Aid in the filing of both divorce papers and respond to divorce petitions.
- Assist in creating a Financial Statement and preparing 401 disclosures.
- Negotiate custody, visitation, and support arrangements when children are involved.
- Make alimony arrangements.
- Complete the divorce process from beginning to end.