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Divorce is never easy. Going through a divorce is difficult for you and your family. Our attorneys help clients through this challenging time. From divorce settlements and child custody matters to spousal support and modifications, we guide our clients through the process and support them every step of the way so they may move on with their lives.
Types of Divorce
To start, there are two different types of divorce: an uncontested divorce and a contested divorce.
An uncontested divorce is when both spouses decide to get a divorce and have made a compromise, which allows the divorce to go through more quickly and end with dignity. Since the divorce has been settled outside of court, there is no need for a hearing, which can also save you money.
A contested divorce is when one or both spouses cannot come to a mutual agreement or refuse to consider other methods of dispute resolution. An uncontested divorce in Massachusetts officially begins when one spouse files a Complaint for Divorce. There are two types of contested divorce:
Fault grounds: Grounds for a fault contested divorce include:
- Cruel and abusive treatment
- Utter desertion
- Non support
- Prison confinement
No-fault grounds: Gives couples the chance to cite ‘ irretrievable breakdown’ as their reason for pursuing divorce. While this type of divorce makes the process simpler, it also gives the Court more power in deciding how assets will be divided since there is no one at fault.
There are many complex determinations that must be made in order to make sure that you pursue the divorce that is right for you and your spouse. Making these determinations, as well as ensuring your interests are preserved throughout this process, is something that Attorney Luzzo is dedicated to. If you need any guidance in determining which avenue of divorce is right for your situation, call our divorce lawyers or request your consultation today.