When we marry, we make vows; vows we’ve made to another individual that we plan on keeping until our last breath. Unfortunately, these vows don’t hold up due to various circumstances, and couples are faced with the difficult task of going through the divorce process.
Divorce is when a couple goes through a legal process to end their marriage. Depending on what state you’re in, there are different laws regarding divorce. For Massachusetts — and a majority of other states — one can either have a “contested” or “uncontested” divorce.
When one spouse disagrees with the marriage ending or the divorce terms, this is a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce is more simple and both parties agree about everything they file.
A divorce can either fall under “no-fault” or “fault” in Massachusetts. No-fault is defined as both parties agreeing that the divorce was irreparable and no one is to blame. The majority of divorces are filed under a no-fault status.
However, a fault divorce is filed when one spouse believes that the other has caused the marriage to end. Adultery or abuse, for example, are common grounds for filing a fault divorce in Massachusetts. For this type of divorce, the accuser must prove a reason for the divorce.
Divorce can get confusing, and it’s a period in your life that you don’t want to have to go through alone. At the Law Office of Stark & Heiner, we not only guide you through the legal process, but we also provide you with emotional support through this trying time.
Call our North Andover law office today at (978) 685-8777 for a free consultation!
Law Office of Stark & Heiner
805 Turnpike St. Suite 101
North Andover, MA 01845