Massachusetts Divorce Laws & Resources

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Should you be interested in learning more about Massachusetts divorce laws and procedures, you will find more information, links and resources below. Of course, the list below is not designed to be all-inclusive. You may also research the Massachusetts laws on your own, or simply consult with an attorney specializing in Massachusetts divorce law.

Massachusetts Divorce Resources:

Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 208: Divorce: This is a direct link to a list of Massachusetts divorce laws. These are statutes as enacted directly by the legislature, so there is a lot of legal and technical language in them, but it can be helpful at times to refer to them and see what questions you may want to ask your attorney.

Domestic Violence: This excellent resource includes names and phone numbers for anti-domestic violence assistance programs for every county in Massachusetts, along with links to statewide services.

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines: This government-run website contains direct links to the payment calculations used to determine child support. It also has a set of interactive worksheets you can work with directly on the site. While this is a website of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, it also links to the full text of the child support guidelines should you want to review them. Of course, an attorney well-versed in Massachusetts divorce law can help explain all of this in clearer terms.

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Massachusetts Family Law Statutes:

Massachusetts Legal Separation: MGL 208-1

Massachusetts Divorce:
Grounds/Fault – No-Fault: MGL 208-[1, 1A, 1B, 2]
Residency/Where to File: MGL 208-4, 5, 6
Annulment: MGL 207-1 thru 207-8, 207-14 thru 207-17

Massachusetts Divorce and Finances:
Property Division/Debts: MGL 208-27, 208-34, 209-1
Spousal Support: MGL 208-34

Massachusetts Divorce and Children:
Child Custody: MGL 208-31
Child Support: MGL 208-28

Massachusetts Divorce/Child Support/Child Custody Lawyers:
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How a Family Lawyer Can Help

Massachusetts Online Divorce Services: – An online documentation service that helps users file for divorce.– Offers an affordable way to file for uncontested divorces online.

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