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Massachusetts Divorce

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Information About Divorce in Massachusetts

Courts and Community Resources
State Statutory Resources
Divorce Law
Marriage and Living Together Law
Child Support
Child Custody and Visitation Law
Property Division

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Courts and Community Resources

Lawyers and Divorce
Mediation
Glossary of Family Law Terms
Massachusetts Judicial Branch
Probate and Family Court Department Jurisdiction and Information
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women Support Groups
Harvard Law School Library

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State Statutory Resources

If you wish to review your State's Statutes or Code, click the links below:

The General Laws of Massachusetts - Chapter 208: Divorce
Chapter 209B - Child Custody Jurisdiction Act
Chapter 209D - Uniform Interstate Family Support Act

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Divorce Law

Massachusetts permits no-fault divorce based on irreconcilable breakdown of the marriage. May be contested or uncontested. There is a 120-day waiting period for an uncontested no-fault divorce. Otherwise, the entire process should take less than six months. Massachusetts also permits fault divorces. The residency requirement is 1 year.

Mass Bar Help - a service of the Massachusetts Bar Association that provides resources and legal information.

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Marriage and Living Together Law

Massachusetts Marriage License Law

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Child Support

Massachusetts' Child Support Laws and Information
Chart for a Basic Child Support Order
Child Support Enforcement Division - Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Seeking Child Support

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Child Custody and Visitation Law

Child custody decisions are based on the best interests of the child.

FAQ on Child Custody and Visitation
Information About How to Establish Paternity - from the family law handbook series produced by Neighborhood Legal Services.
What is Best for Your Child? - Child Custody and Visitation - from Mass. Law Reform Institute

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Property Division

Massachusetts is an "equitable distribution" state, generally meaning that all marital property acquired during the marriage is subject to division. Statutory factors include: (1) length of marriage; (2) conduct of parties during the marriage; (3) age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities and need of each; (4) opportunity for future acquisition of capital assets and income; (5) present and future needs of dependent children; (6) contribution of each to acquisition, preservation or appreciation of the property.

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