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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
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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
Child Custody Jurisdiction Act - Chapter 209B
Uniform Interstate Family Support Act - Chapter 209D

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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.

Divorce and Separation - a service of MassLegalHelp.org

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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
Child Support Guidelines
Child Support Enforcement Division - Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Getting 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.
Child Custody, Parenting Time, and Visitation - from MassLegalHelp.org

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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.

Basics of Equitable Distribution - Massachusetts Bar Association

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