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What are the residency requirements for getting a divorce?

If you and your spouse were married in Massachusetts, never moved out of state and now want a divorce, it is pretty obvious that you should file for divorce in Massachusetts. However, this is not the case for many people. Instead, life is unpredictable, and people relocate between states all the time. How, then, do you determine where you should file for divorce?

According to Massachusetts law, if you and your spouse lived together in Massachusetts and the cause for your divorce happened in Massachusetts, you can get a divorce in Massachusetts. If, however, the cause happened in another state, but you and your spouse lived together in Massachusetts before the cause occurred and one of you lived in Massachusetts at the time that it occurred, then you can still get a divorce in Massachusetts.

How much does a divorce cost?

Some people spend astronomical amounts on their wedding, but if the marriage falls apart, getting a divorce could cost even more. Between court fees, attorney fees and outside consultations, you could end up spending quite a lot on your divorce.

How much does a divorce really cost? Are there ways to save money?

Different types of child custody: what will work for your family?

If you have children, they are probably the most important part of your life. Your children are your pride and joy and you would do anything to make them happy. If you and your children’s other parent are not together, you may be wondering how to navigate a custody situation. You want to do your best to give your children the best life, but figuring out what type of custody arrangement to have in order to achieve this can be difficult.

There are a few different legal terms involved in custody. Legal, physical, sole and joint custody are arrangements you will have to consider. But what do these each mean?

Determining alimony during divorce proceedings

You and your spouse choose to divorce, and you did not make the decision lightly. Because you stayed at home and raised your children, you stopped working years ago and do not currently hold a job. You may worry significantly about how you will sustain yourself, as you and your spouse shared their income for many years.

The state of Massachusetts works diligently to avoid placing significant hardship on one party during divorce. The emotional effects of terminating your marriage prove difficult enough, and the court hopes to make the divorce process as smooth and equal as possible. Alimony exists to compensate individuals while they divorce if they do not work or hold skills to find a position immediately. Understand that if you do not have a job, a Massachusetts judge will determine the type of alimony and its duration, so that you can work toward sustaining yourself after separation.

Setting the course for success through an uncontested divorce

It can be hard to choose between staying in an unhappy marriage and getting a divorce. Both can be daunting. An uncontested divorce, however, offers a clear path for couples who agree on most major issues. For those couples, the process can be very quick, although we can’t guarantee it will be painless.

What is an uncontested divorce

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