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Methuen Divorce Attorneys

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DiBella Law Offices, P.C. focuses on complex divorces where significant assets are in play. This includes businesses, real estate holdings, and investments. In the vast majority of cases, we are able to help our clients negotiate a fair settlement with their spouse. If your case cannot be settled and a trial becomes necessary, you can have confidence in our courtroom abilities.

Our family law practice serves clients across Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire from our offices located in Andover, Burlington, and Methuen. We help you understand the laws that apply to your specific situation and act as a neutral third party when dealing with emotionally difficult contested family issues. Throughout it all though, you can count on the divorce attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. to handle your case professionally, to always keep your best interests in mind.

How Our Methuen Divorce Lawyers Can Help You

Divorce is something that no one hopes to ever have to experience. Unfortunately, roughly half of all married couples in the United States will go through it at some point. Although emotions often run high for those going through a divorce, it is important to make rational choices, as these decisions have the potential to affect the rest of their lives.

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Fault vs. No Fault Divorce

In Massachusetts, a divorce can be "fault" or "no fault." As the names suggest, a fault divorce is when one or both spouses accuse the other of causing the divorce. A no fault divorce is when neither spouse blames the other for the end of the marriage. There are two recognized "grounds" for a no fault divorce and seven recognized grounds for a fault divorce.

No Fault:

  • 1A - both spouses file for divorce based on "Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage"
  • 1B - one spouse files for divorce based on "Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage"


  • Cruel and abusive treatment
  • Desertion
  • Gross and confirmed habits of intoxication
  • Gross or wanton and cruel refusal or neglect to provide suitable support
  • Adultery
  • Impotency
  • Confinement in a penal institution

Both a fault and a no fault divorce can be "Contested" or "Uncontested." To find out the difference, see below.


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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

In a perfect world, you and your spouse could just shake hands and part with no hard feelings. While this sometimes does happen, quite often it does not. If you and your soon-to-be ex completely agree on such things as division of assets, division of debt, child custody and support, alimony, etc. it is considered an uncontested divorce. But, your agreement must be 100 percent; otherwise it is considered a contested divorce. Obviously, contested divorces are much more complicated. If you find yourself in the midst of a contested divorce, your first action should be to contact an experienced Methuen family law attorney. For nearly two decades, the legal team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. has been helping residents of New England navigate the contentious waters of disagreeable divorces. Call us at (978) 327-5140 today to discuss your situation and learn about you rights during a divorce.

We encourage you to reach out to our Boston divorce lawyer for advice and representation concerning:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Same-sex divorce
  • High net worth divorce
  • Modifications
  • Out of state removal
  • Property division
  • Spousal support

Call DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free initial consultation. Servicios de traducción están disponibles.

Seeking Resolutions that Protects Your Best Interests

It is important to have someone looking out for your best interests during the challenging times that come with any divorce. It is common to want to make the process move along as quickly as possible. However, it is important to keep in mind that hasty decisions will not make your life easier in the long run. Take time to get the right legal advice and experienced representation you need.

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