Massachusetts Online Divorce
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Our simple online process makes getting divorced quick, easy and affordable and without the hassle of hiring a lawyer or going to court. We understand that going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience, which is why we offer a simple and convenient way to take care of everything online.
If you are looking for a reliable online divorce service in Massachusetts, look no further than ReliableDivorce. We have been helping people get divorced since 2007.
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Why Choose Us?
Because you don't like paying more for the same product.
You can pay other online divorce services up to $299 to receive the same completed divorce papers that you would receive from ReliableDivorce.com for just $99. Plus, our $99 price includes the option to schedule a phone conference with the legal professional assigned to your case (your Case Manager) to walk you through each step of the process and answer any questions you may have.
Because you want accurate, up to date divorce papers with a proven track record of acceptance by the court.
Since ReliableDivorce.com was created by divorce attorneys and is operated by divorce attorneys, you receive the same divorce papers that divorce lawyers file with the court every day, but without having to spend thousands of dollars on attorney's fees.
Because you want a single, upfront price and not be hit with hidden fees later down the road.
Many other services start hitting you up for additional fees shortly after you sign up (and after already paying their initial fee). These additional fees often include "storage fees" to maintain your information or monthly charges just so you may continue to access your own documents. However, we will never ask you to pay any additional fees. With ReliableDivorce.com, you will always have unlimited access to your account so that, at any time, you may make changes to your information and generate new documents regardless of how long ago you signed up for our service.
Getting an Online Divorce in Massachusetts
Our online divorce service is designed for spouses who want a simple, cheap and fast divorce in Massachusetts. The key factor to determine whether an online divorce will work for your situation is that both spouses can agree to the terms of the divorce, including the division of property, division of debts and any child-related issues, if applicable.
ReliableDivorce.com makes the online divorce process easy and affordable for virtually every budget. Based on your answers to our questionnaire, we determine all the necessary documents you will need and the documents are prepared as required for the court’s approval. We provide you step-by-step written instructions beginning with how to file your divorce papers and all the way through how to finalize your divorce.
We have spent more than 15 years helping people file for and complete their divorce. Unlike many other online divorce services, our services don’t end once you file your initial divorce papers. We also want to make sure you are easily able to finalize your divorce as quickly as Massachusetts law allows. We understand that even with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the divorce process, it can still be overwhelming. That’s why our service continues even after you have your completed divorce papers in hand. Included with our service is the option to schedule a phone consultation with your case manager who can answer any questions you may have or even walk you through each step of the process if necessary.
The bottom line is that if you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce, then an online divorce is the fastest, easiest and least expensive option to dissolve your marriage. Whether you have children, own a home or own other property, as long as you and your spouse can reach an agreement on all such issues, then you are eligible to use our online divorce services to file your divorce in Massachusetts.
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Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce
An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses have reached an agreement on all the major issues, such as property division, division of debt, child custody, child support, and spouse support.
A contested divorce in one in which the spouses cannot reach an agreement on the major issues and, as a result, the court will have to decide the final outcome on the disputed issues.
In either type of divorce, the process starts by one spouse filing for divorce.
Benefits to an Uncontested Divorce
Save Money. Spouses save a significant amount of money in an uncontested divorce vs. a contested divorce. Instead of paying the high attorney’s fees that accompany a contested divorce, that money stays in the parties’ pockets.
Save Time. Because the spouses have already reached an agreement on the important issues, the paperwork is stream-lined and the parties don’t have to spend time attending multiple court hearings and formal negations that can take many months or even years to complete.
Save Mental Health. Fighting your divorce out in court adds additional stress to an already difficult situation. An uncontested divorce results in a much easier and less stressful legal process.
We created our Massachusetts online divorce service to maximize these benefits. ReliableDivorce.com provides the lowest price online divorce service in the market with the fastest results. You receive your divorce papers immediately after completing our online questionnaire so you can file your divorce today or any other day you choose.
How to File for Divorce Without a Lawyer
Our online divorce service makes it easy to file for divorce without a lawyer. There is no requirement that you have a lawyer to file for divorce in Massachusetts. Once you sign up to use our online divorce service, you simply fill out our online questionnaire to begin your divorce paperwork. It can either be filled out on your own or with your spouse's help. We provide you with all the paperwork needed to file and complete your divorce along with detailed instructions for every step of the process.
The first step of the process is to ensure you meet the state's residency requirements to file for divorce in Massachusetts.
If the breakdown of the marriage occurred within the state of Massachusetts, then there is no minimum residency requirement, and the divorce action may be filed at any time. However, if the breakdown of the marriage occurred outside of Massachusetts, then at least one of the spouses must have lived in the state for a minimum of one year prior to filing the divorce action. [Massachusetts General Law ch. 208 § 4, 6].
Any one of the following items will establish residency - a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, ID card, or voter’s registration card.
The divorce action should be filed in:
1) the county where the spouses last resided together if either spouse still resides in that county; or
2) the county where either spouse currently resides if the first option does not apply.
Massachusetts does not set a minimum in-county residency requirement before a party may file in that particular county.
Detailed court-filing instructions are included with your completed divorce papers, so that you know how the process works.
Grounds for Divorce
A Massachusetts court may grant a divorce on one of the following grounds:
Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Desertion for at least one year immediately before filing for divorce.
Habitual intoxication from the excessive use of alcohol or drugs.
Cruel and abusive treatment.
Willful non-support of a spouse. This requires a spouse to willfully and cruelly refuse to provide reasonable support for the complaining spouse even though the defendant spouse has sufficient ability to provide such support to the complaining spouse.
Criminal conviction resulting in a sentence of at least five years in prison.
Child support is set based on the state-mandated guidelines. Using a Massachusetts child support calculator is best for determining the amount of child support to be paid. The child support calculator uses the child support guidelines prescribed by Massachusetts law. In the event that you and your spouse cannot agree on this issue, the court will use the same calculation as the basis for determining the support obligation. Our online divorce service provides you the guidelines and a child support calculator during your questionnaire.
Child support obligation in Massachusetts generally ends when the child turns 18 years old, but may extend through age 23 if the child is enrolled in an educational program and living with a parent. [Massachusetts General Law ch. 208 § 28].
Child Custody and Visitation
Legal Custody in Massachusetts
Legal custody refers to who makes or participates in the major decisions regarding the raising of the child.
Legal custody is determined based on what is in the child's best interest.
[Massachusetts General Law ch. 208 § 31].
Joint Legal Custody is where both parents have the right to participate in making the major decisions affecting the child.
Sole Legal Custody is where only one parent has the right to make decisions affecting the child.
In Massachusetts, courts generally favor joint legal custody, but not necessarily joint or equal physical custody of a child.
Physical Custody in Massachusetts
Physical custody says who the children will primarily reside with and the other parent will have visitation as discussed below.
In Massachusetts, the non-custodial parent generally has the same visitation rights regardless of whether sole custody or joint custody is ordered in the divorce decree. There are exceptions to this general rule of course, such as when there is a history of domestic violence.
Visitation can be any schedule agreed upon by both parents and can be changed at any time provided both parents are in agreement. Basically, the parents are in control of visitation provided they both agree to it and it is in the best interest of the child. If the parents cannot reach an agreement on visitation then the court will require the parents to follow a specific schedule that is determined by the court. The state provides guidelines on visitation and many parents find it easier to just go by the standard guideline visitation schedule. This will be explained in more detail in your divorce papers.
Massachusetts Divorce Forms
Our Massachusetts forms are guaranteed to be approved by the court. Our software determines what forms are needed and how to correctly complete the forms based on the answers you provide when completing our online questionnaire. Our software is updated anytime there is a change in the Massachusetts divorce laws. Our service makes getting an online divorce as seamless as possible and at a price that meets every budget.
Massachusetts Divorce - FAQ
How long will my divorce take?
Short Answer: 150-180 days.
Detailed Answer: Massachusetts has a unique "Nisi Period" of 90 days that begins after a 30-day mandatory waiting period that begins when the judge approves the divorce. As a result, an uncontested divorce is not final until 120 days after the judge approves the divorce. The actual time it takes also largely depends on how quickly you and your spouse complete and file all the necessary paperwork and the judge's schedule. Assuming there are no major hurdles, it is reasonable to expect your divorce to be finalized 150-180 days after filing the initial papers.
What documents are needed to file for divorce in Massachusetts?
Short Answer: 1) certified copy of marriage certificate, 2) Petition for Divorce, 3) Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown, 4) Record of Absolute Divorce, and 5) financial statements from each spouse.
Detailed Answer: Additional documents are needed if spouses have minor children together. Our online divorce service will provide you all of the forms needed for the entire divorce process along with detailed instructions for every step. If you have any questions along the way, you may also schedule a call with one of our legal professionals who will walk you through the process.
How soon can I get remarried after my divorce is final?
Short Answer: 120 days after the divorce is approved by the judge.
Detailed Answer: Massachusetts has a total mandatory waiting period of 120 days from the date the judge approves the divorce until the divorce is actually final. A party may remarry another person after the 120 day waiting period has elapsed.
Can I file for divorce in Massachusetts if my spouse lives in another state?
Short Answer: Yes.
Detailed Answer: If your spouse lives outside of Massachusetts, then as long as you satisfy the state's residency requirement, you may file in the state.
How long do I need to live in Massachusetts before I can file for divorce in the state?
Short Answer: As few as 0 days up to 365 days.
Detailed Answer: Massachusetts Residency Requirement: There is no minimum in state residency requirement is the breakdown of the marriage occurred in Massachusetts. Otherwise, at least one spouse must be a resident of Massachusetts for 365 days prior to filing for divorce.
Why ReliableDivorce stands above other divorce services:
Divorce Attorney Created Documents & Instructions: Our online divorce service, including all our divorce forms, instructions and questionnaires were created and are continuously operated by divorce attorneys.
Instant Divorce Documents: Your documents are completed in real time so you can file your papers today.
Dedicated Case Manager: Access to the legal professional assigned to your case who can walk you through every step of the process.
Court-Approved Forms: All our divorce forms are court-approved and guaranteed to be accepted by the court.
100% Money Back Guarantee: We guarantee our forms will be accepted by the court or we will refund 100% of your fee to use our service.
Unlimited Revisions: You can make unlimited revisions to your documents without any time restrictions. Even after your divorce is final, you can log into your account, modify your parenting plan and generate a new parenting plan without any additional cost.
Best Value: At $99, we have the lowest price complete online divorce service on the market.
Step-by-Step Instructions: We provide you detailed instructions for every step of the divorce process. If you are unsure or simply anxious about a step, you may schedule a call with your case manager who will walk you through any part of the process and answer any questions you may have.
Massachusetts Counties Served
Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester