FALL RIVER DIVORCE LAWYER RICHARD KUHN EXPLAINS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTESTED AND UNCONTESTED DIVORCE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Contested Divorce
A contested divorce in Massachusetts is appropriate where there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship and where the couple cannot agree on a majority of issues typically settled by way of a Marital Separation Agreement, such as parenting time plans, child support, property distribution, alimony and the like.
Contested divorces in Massachusetts proceed under G.L. c. 208 sec. 1B.
Most often, divorces settle prior to trial. It is therefore in each party's best interest to act reasonably in proceeding with divorce. However, sometimes the fact that a spouse is hard to get along with or unreasonable may be a precipitating factor in the decision to divorce; in these cases an uncontested divorce may be inevitable.
Massachusetts Uncontested Divorce
Uncontested divorce in Massachusetts is appropriate where there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship and the couple can agree on a majority of issues typically settled by way of a Marital Separation Agreement.The parties' agreement is memorialized in a Marital Separation Agreement presented to the Court for approval.
Uncontested divorces in Massachusetts proceed under G.L. c. 208 sec. 1A.
When a couple is married there are numerous legal rights and obligations that arise from that union. Likewise, when the couple's marriage dissolves, special care is necessary to ensure that no stone is left unturned which could result in an unintended future obligation to the ex-spouse. An experienced Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer will make certain that all the bases are covered prior to hearing and draft a tailored Sepration Agreement to present to the Probate and Family Court.