Boston Family Law and Divorce
Boston Family Law Attorney
If you are considering a divorce in Boston, it is critical to get advice and information from a family law professional. DiBella Law Offices, P.C., offers a free consultation to discuss your options and determine the best solution for you and your children. We understand that each family and each situation is different and we welcome the opportunity to speak to you and offer our knowledge of how Massachusetts family law will apply to you. Call (617) 870-0907 for a free initial consultation with a Boston divorce attorney.
Divorce in Massachusetts
In general, there are two types of divorce in Massachusetts. The first is no-fault divorce, when neither spouse blames the other for the marriage ending. The grounds for a no-fault divorce are one or both spouses filing due to "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage."
The second type is a fault divorce, and this is just as it sounds - one or both spouses accuse the other of causing the end of the marriage through cruel and abusive treatment, desertion, adultery, and more. There are a total of seven grounds of fault in a Massachusetts divorce, but most people opt for no-fault divorce.
Another aspect of the process is whether both spouses agree to getting the divorce, and agree on all the legal paperwork involving:
- Division of assets
- Division of debt
- Child custody
- Child visitation
- Child support
When both parties are in complete agreement on all of these aspects, the divorce is considered uncontested. In a Boston divorce where there is disagreement about any of these items, the divorce is contested. In some cases, these disagreements can be sorted out during a mediation process, while others will be heard by Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to reach a final ruling. Having a good attorney to showcase your side of the story can make a huge difference either way.
Preparing for Your Free Boston Divorce Consultation
A Boston lawyer at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., will be able to provide you with better information if you can provide us with some basic details of your situation. Most of the information that we will need can be found on the following documents:
- Pay stubs
- Bank statements
- Pension statements
- Trust documentation
- Mortgage documents
- Property tax statements
- Credit card statements
- Loan documents
- Any pre- and post-marital agreements
- Tax returns
- Life insurance policies
- Health insurance policies
- Living wills
- Powers of attorney
- Advanced healthcare directives
In addition to the documents above, create a list of questions that you have about the divorce process, issues concerning minor children, or other things you worry about. As this first meeting can be both stressful and emotional, having a written list will help to ensure that you have all of your questions answered and that you are comfortable moving forward with the process.
The goal of DiBella Law Offices, P.C., is to fight for your interests in the divorce process, and we do our best to reduce the level of stress and anxiety that each client faces. Call today at (617) 870-0907 to schedule for free consultation and begin to sort out and plan for your future.