Divorce FAQ


1 - How long does a divorce take?

The duration of a divorce depends on a number of factors, some of which are controlled by the participants, some by the attorneys, and some by the court system. Cooperation between the parties – or the lack thereof – tends to be the dominant factor.

2 - How much does a divorce cost?

The less adversarial the divorce, the lesser the cost. Contact an experienced divorce attorney for specific information.

3 - What documents are required to get a divorce in Massachusetts?

Required documents usually include W2s, a certified marriage certificate, a parent class certificate, and paperwork generated by attorneys and/or mediators. Please contact this office for more specifics.

4 - What is the residency requirement?

Generally, one year of continuous residency in Massachusetts is a minimum requirement. Check with an attorney to discuss the particulars of your case.

5 - How is child support determined?

Massachusetts uses a formula to determine the amount of child support to be paid.

6 - How is alimony awarded?

Alimony payments are determined by a judge when examining the totality of the financial circumstances of the parties. There have been recent changes to the Alimony Statute.  Please contact our office to analyze your specific situation.

7 - How do I get a restraining order?

An individual is capable of getting their own restraining order by presenting an affidavit to a judge or in an emergency situation simply by calling their local police. It is advisable to talk with an attorney to understand all benefits and ramifications.

8 - How do I begin a divorce?

The most effective and informational method is to contact a divorce attorney and schedule a consultation.