Massachusetts divorce - Child custody.
Custody may be awarded to either or both parents or to a third party. If there is no marital misconduct, the rights of each parent to custody shall be deemed to be equal. The happiness and welfare of the child shall be the factors that the court cons ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Child support.
The court may order either parent to provide maintenance, support (including health insurance), and education for any minor child. There are official Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - General Divorce Procedure.
A lawsuit for divorce on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage may be initiated in Massachusetts by a signed petition by both spouses, an affidavit that the marriage is irretrievably broken, or a notarized separation agreement or mar ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Getting a copy of my divorce decree.
You can get a copy of your divorce decree by mail. You need to contact the county seat of probate court where your divorce was filed. You can find the address at the following page ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Grounds for Massachusetts Divorce.
Massachusetts recognizes Fault-based and No-fault grounds for divorce.
No-fault: ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Legal Separation.
Grounds for legal separation in Massachusetts include failure without cause to provide for support, desertion giving the other spouse justifiable cause to live separate and apart. Support may be awarded by the to the spouse and children living apart. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - May I get an annulment?
Attorney Isabella Jancourtz (book "THE MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN'S DIVORCE HANDBOOK (c1998)")
"An annulment is a judgment which declares that you were never legally married. You can get an annulment if one of the following situa ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Mediation or Counseling.
In a pending Massachusetts divorce, either party may file a motion requesting mediation of any or all disputed issues. The court may order counseling in cases where irreconcilable differences are used as the grounds for divorce. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Parent Education Program to get a divorce.
The Probate and Family Court does have a legal mandate set out in Standing Order 1-99 (effective 10/1/99), entitled "Parent Education Program Attendance" that, in part, states as follows: "A program is hereby established in all divisio ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Property Distribution.
Massachusetts is an "equitable distribution" state. The court may divide all of the spouse's property, including any gifts and inheritances, based on the following factors:
(1) the contribution of each spouse to the acquisition ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Residency Requirements.
One spouse must be a resident if the ground for divorce occurred in Massachusetts. If the grounds for divorce occurred outside of Massachusetts, then the filing spouse must have been a resident of Massachusetts for one year. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Rights to Maiden Name.
The wife may restore her maiden name. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Spouse’s name.
The wife may be restored to the use of her former or maiden name. [Massachusetts General Laws Annotated; Chapter 208, Section 23]. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Title of Divorce action.
No-fault: Petition for Divorce.
Fault based: Complaint for Divorce. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Waiting period after signing divorce papers.
From: MCLE: Family Law Advocacy for Low & Moderate Income Litigants (1999) Page 147:
If the judge finds that the facts support an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and approves the agreement, an order will be entered according ... More details
Massachusetts OKs gay 'marriage'.
Source: Washington Times
State: MA, Country: United States ... More details
The median is the value which divides a distribution in two equal parts; half of the cases falling below this value and half of the cases exceeding this value ... More details
Medical and law degrees.
In family law, obviously, the judge can't give you some portion of the degree in a divorce case. But in some states, the judge will value that degree and award the other spouse money or other property to compensate for the fact that he or she can't u ... More details
Meet the residency requirements.
If one spouse meets the residency requirement of a state or country, a divorce obtained there is valid, even if the other spouse lives somewhere else. The courts of all states will recognize the divorce. Any decisions the court makes regarding proper ... More details
Michigan divorce - Alimony maintenance spousal support.
Either spouse may be ordered to pay alimony. The alimony may be awarded if the property awarded to a spouse is insufficient to allow that spouse suitable support and maintenance. Factors for consideration specified in the statute are:
(1 ... More details