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Divorce is a difficult time for all those involved; the couple, their children, and their friends. It is an emotionally trying time and also a time when sensitive decisions need to be made regarding child custody, division of assets, division of debt, spousal support, and much more. In short, divorce is not something you want to go through without the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. For over a decade, the legal team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. has helped Massachusetts residents successfully navigate the often turbulent waters of divorce. If you are at a point in your marriage where you’re considering divorce, please contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. for a free consultation. We have offices in both Methuen (978) 327-5140 and Andover (978) 258-7600, conveniently located on either side of the Essex County Family Courthouse at 2 Appleton Street, Lawrence, MA 01840.

Who Can File for Divorce in Massachusetts?

“The Bay State” requires that at least one of the spouses has to have lived within the state for at least one year before beginning divorce proceedings.

Getting Started

When you come in for your free consultation, we will ask a series of questions to determine what kind of divorce you wish to file. Massachusetts allows you to file for either a fault or no fault divorce. In a fault divorce, one or both of the spouses accuses the other of causing the divorce. A no fault divorce is when neither spouse accuses the other of causing the divorce. Our state allows a spouse to cite the following seven reasons as grounds for a fault divorce:

  • Cruel and Abusive Treatment: This can be physical, verbal, or emotional abuse.
  • Desertion: If your spouse has voluntarily left you, has been gone at least one year, and has no plans to come back.
  • Gross and confirmed habits of intoxication: If your spouse has a pattern of excessive drug and/or alcohol use.
  • Gross or wanton and cruel refusal or neglect to provide suitable support: If your spouse has the means to supply you with enough money to live on but refuses to support you.
  • Adultery: If your spouse has sex with someone other than you.
  • Impotency: If your spouse is unable to perform sexually.
  • Sentence of Confinement in a Penal Institution: If your spouse is sentenced to five or more years in prison.

Contested or Uncontested Divorce

If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse agree on all the terms of your divorce, congratulations, that’s an uncontested divorce. If the two of you can’t agree on the terms of divorce, then it’s a contested divorce. A contested divorce is another reason to seek the representation of a skilled divorce attorney.

We at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. realize that divorce proceedings generally aren’t pleasant, and we’d like to make them as painless as possible. Our Andover and Methuen offices are conveniently located near Haverhill, Salem, and all of Essex County. The following are some local services that may come in handy during your divorce proceedings:

Essex County Clerk


Social Security Offices

  • 367 Main St, Haverhill, MA 01830 (866) 964-4324
  • 439 S Union St #208, Lawrence, MA 01843 (877) 669-3127
  • 140 Union St, Lynn, MA 01901 (866) 366-7792
  • 10 Federal St #406, Salem, MA 01970 (866) 248-2394

Essex County RMV Locations

  • 4 Summer St., Haverhill, MA 01830 (800) 858-3926
  • 355 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887 (800) 858-3926

If you have any other questions regarding the divorce process, please don’t hesitate to call DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at (978) 327-5140 (Methuen) or (978) 258-7600 (Andover) for a free consultation.