There is no denying how difficult divorce can be, even when everything goes as planned. The ending of a marriage and the separation of a family, particularly when children are involved, is invariably painful. The fact that you have to jump through so many complicated legal hurdles makes the process even more challenging.
At Infinity Law Group, we have helped numerous clients through the divorce process. Our familiarity with Massachusetts divorce laws and our passion for our clients makes us an ideal choice when you need to end your marriage or you need to legally separate from your partner. Our firm will guide you through the entire divorce process, ensuring that the best interests of you and your family are always considered.
Reasons For Divorce
Massachusetts laws allow for both fault-based and no-fault divorces. In a fault-based divorce, you will list the specific reason for the divorce that are accepted as grounds by the state. Some of these grounds include adultery and extreme cruelty.
In a no-fault divorce, you only need to state that the marriage is beyond repair. Most people today choose no-fault divorces because they are usually faster and less expensive than trying to prove fault. They also prevent the need to discuss private matters in the courtroom.
How To Get A Divorce
The divorce process can be long and tedious, or fairly straightforward, depending on your circumstances. There are two main types of divorce:
If you and your spouse can agree on all aspects of the divorce, such as how your property will be divided and who will be the custodial parent for your children, you can seek an uncontested divorce. This is often the fastest and least expensive way to get divorced as you do not need to spend time arguing in a courtroom. It is still a good idea to have a lawyer on hand to watch out for any potential pitfalls, but an uncontested divorce is your best option if you want to end your marriage quickly and inexpensively.
The term “contested” means that at least one spouse does not agree with at least some terms of the divorce. A contested divorce is quite common, as there are so many terms of a divorce that can have lasting effects on a person’s life. Questions of child custody, child support, spousal support and property division can all lead to disagreements between divorcing spouses.
Our firm always seeks what is best for our clients. If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement on any important issues, we will try to work with you, your spouse and your spouse’s attorney to come to terms that everyone can be satisfied with before going before the judge. The more issues that can be resolved outside of the courtroom, the more smoothly your divorce will go.
If not all issues can be resolved, we will continue to be your advocate for as long as it takes to get you favorable terms. We will argue your case effectively in the courtroom without resorting to low blows or questionable tactics. We want your family to remain intact, whatever the final decisions of the court happens to be.
Getting Advice From An Experienced Divorce Lawyer
It may be tempting to complete your divorce papers and submit them to the court all on your own. From the outside, representing yourself can appear less expensive and less difficult than hiring an attorney. But there are so many variables that can come up in a divorce that few people would recommend getting divorced without a lawyer. Anything that goes wrong can have long-term consequences.
Our firm has handled a large number of cases in the Boston area, making us an excellent resource for all of your questions. We can help you understand how Massachusetts divorce laws handle things like property division, child support, child custody, spousal support, tax deductions and more.
There is a considerable amount of risk involved in self-representation in a divorce, especially if you have anything to lose – like property, assets or children. You are almost always better off with an attorney at your side to look out for your best interests.
Information to Bring to Your Divorce Consultation
You’re ready to get a divorce and you’ve gone as far as setting up a consultation with a divorce attorney. These are a short list of items you should bring with you to your initial consultation with a divorce lawyer. Doing so will make it easier for the attorney to access marital property and give you a good idea as to what you can expect in a divorce settlement.
- Certified copy of marriage license
- Most recent statements from all bank and brokerage accounts
- Most recent statement reflecting all retirement accounts
- Most recent statements of any stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs held outside of brokerage accounts
- Any life insurance policies
- Most recent pay stub
- Copies of tax returns for at least the last 5 years
- Most recent statements from all credit card or debt obligations
- Information regarding any real property, including but not limited to: fair market value of the home (tax accessed value), total mortgage amount, names of people on the mortgage and title
- Information regarding any automobiles and motor vehicles
- Copies of all utility bills include gas, electric, telephone, grocery, etc.
- Any and all financial information regarding your spouse
Contact Our Attorneys Today
At Infinity Law Group, we offer free phone consultations to all of our clients. If you are considering divorce or legal separation from your spouse, we encourage you to contact us and tell us your story. Even if you do not choose to hire an attorney, the legal advice provided by our firm will help you make informed decisions moving forward.
Please contact us now to schedule your free consultation.