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How Long Does a Divorce Take?

How long will your divorce take? It depends on your particular situation.  Let’s take a look at some examples. Scenario 1: You and your spouse both agree to get a divorce and you’re filing a joint petition for divorce (an uncontested divorce). It will take approximately 5 months from beginning to end for this type of divorce. Scenario 2: You and your…

Where can I file my divorce? (Venue)

There are 14 county probate and family court venues in Massachusetts comprising of 28 different probate and family court locations.  So if you’re going to file a divorce in Massachusetts, you need to figure out where to go. The scenarios below all assume that you have met the 1-year residency requirement to file for a divorce in Massachusetts. Both Parties Live in…

In Massachusetts Adultery is a Crime!?

Despite the tone of the title, I knew adultery is still a crime in Massachusetts but was quite shocked when my twitter friend, Corine K. Claxton (criminal attorney in Worcester, MA) sent me the court opinion of the last criminal adultery trial in Massachusetts. [COMMONWEALTH v. JUDITH STOWELL] The last adultery case to be tried criminally was in 1983.  The woman, Judith,…

Name Change After a Divorce

Many women assume their husband’s last name when they get married. As a result, when they get divorced from their husbands, most want to change it back to their maiden name. There are two options: you can either change it back to a maiden (or any other name) or you could keep your soon-to-be-ex husband’s name. Contrary to what some people might…

Divorcing the Wealthy

This is an excerpt from The Consumerist today: When multi-millionaire fund manager Brian Myerson negotiated his divorce, he gave cash and assets to his wife and just took shares in his company as his portion of the joint assets. Cute, right? Well, this is one risk that didn’t pay off for the edgy activist investor: his company’s shares subsequently plummeted 90%, leaving…

How to Divorce an Out-of-Country Spouse

If you are living in Massachusetts and you are married to someone who lives outside of this country, can you get a divorce?  The short answer is yes. The requirement for getting a divorce in Massachusetts is that one of the parties to a divorce must have resided in the commonwealth for the past year. You go about the divorce process just…

How to Divorce an Out-of-State Spouse – Video

If you are living in Massachusetts and you are married to someone who doesn’t live in Massachusetts, can you get a divorce?  The short answer is yes. The requirement for getting a divorce in Massachusetts is that one of the parties to a divorce must have resided in the commonwealth for the past year. You go about the divorce process just as…

10-Year Old Divorcee Takes on the World

In a dimly lit corner of a Paris bar a delighted young divorcée describes in a soft voice how she spent the day throwing snowballs for the first time in her life. That is not remarkable. This is: Nujood Ali is just 10 years old — and was, until recently, the youngest known divorced person in the world. TIME Magize Story …unbelievable….

Can a Civil Union Be Dissolved in Massachusetts?

  If a gay or lesbian couple joins together in marriage in either Massachusetts, California or Connecticut, they can definitely get divorced in those respective states.  In states that outlaw same-sex marriage, due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), those states do not have to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state and therefore do not have to grant their request…

Lower Divorce Rates

I personally am not an advocate for hasty divorces.  “Hollywood” marriages to me are the ones where two people did not really know each other or clearly did not think things through before getting marriage and now, less than 5 years later, are deciding on a divorce.  Those divorces should be adjudicated quickly but better yet, those marriages shouldn’t have been granted…