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A Massachusetts divorce can be a stressful, emotional, and financially challenging time. Susan T. Perkins understands this and offers compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel. You should have the right attorney fighting to protect your rights. Whether you are a father who wants to protect your rights in a child custody battle or a high net worth individual who wants to protect your assets as much as possible Susan T. Perkins can help.
There are two types of divorces in Massachusetts “at-fault” and “no-fault.” Massachusetts divorce laws have seven grounds or reason for an “at-fault” divorce; these reasons include adultery, desertion, alcohol or drug abuse, abusive treatment, non-support, impotence, or a prison sentence longer than five years. The only requirement for a “no-fault” divorce in Massachusetts is that the marriage is broken beyond repair. Because of the requirements, most divorces filings are for a “no-fault” divorce.
Within these divorce filings, there are also contested and uncontested divorces. A contested divorce means that one person disagrees with the divorce or the terms while an uncontested divorce that both parties agree to everything they file. Most divorces start out as contested because both parties rarely agree on everything from the start. The idea is to reach an agreement that through meditation and discussion that both parties agree with. This process can be long and difficult, that is why you want a Massachusetts divorce attorney with experience on your side.
One of the best ways to come to a mutually beneficial agreement with your spouse is through the mediation process. Sitting down and talking outside of an actual court setting can make all the difference in the discussion. Many states require mediation. However, Massachusetts is not one of those states. Mediation can often lead to a quicker resolution in your divorce proceedings. There are also costs saving involved as compared to standard court hearings. Discuss the possibility of mediation with your Massachusetts Divorce attorney.
Obviously, the first thing you want to do while preparing for a divorce is hiring an attorney to represent you. Hiring the right attorney is the most important step in the divorce process. There are also some steps that you can take on your own. Preparing for your divorce may be difficult, but it is necessary. The more information you can provide to your attorney the better the outcome will be in your case. Here are some steps you can take before filing for divorce:
Attorney Perkins’ is willing and able to help you with all of you Massachusetts divorce and family law needs. She can also guide you through your Massachusetts child custody battle and alimony case. Susan T. Perkins is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Bar Associations.
If you are getting a divorce in Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Massachusetts Susan T. Perkins can help. Contact us today or call us at (401)Perkins (401)737-5467 to find out how we can help you proceed.