When filing for a divorce, you must choose a legal reason for the divorce that is appropriate for your situation. Legal reasons for divorce are also known as “grounds for divorce.”
In Massachusetts, you can file for a divorce on “no fault” or “fault” grounds.
Most divorces in Massachusetts are filed on no fault grounds. No fault divorce refers to any divorce where the spouse filing for divorce need not prove the wrongdoing or “fault” of the other party. Neither party blames the other for the dissolution of the marriage.
The Massachusetts law providing for no fault divorce allows family court to grant a divorce without requiring evidence of a breach of the marital contract (such as committing adultery).
Grounds for No Fault Divorce
The grounds for divorce recognized by Massachusetts no fault divorce laws are:
- Irreconcilable differences
- Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
In other words, one spouse can simply declare that the couple cannot get along, and this is enough to justify a no fault divorce.
A no fault divorce cannot be prevented by one spouse. If one party objects to the other party’s request for a divorce, this objection in itself is an irreconcilable difference that would justify the no fault divorce.
Divorce can be a complicated and lengthy process for individuals to endure. Hiring a Massachusetts divorce attorney can ease the stress and pain of getting a divorce. A good divorce attorney will be able to guide you through the no fault divorce process to ensure your rights and property are protected in the divorce settlement.
Call Revelli & Luzzo to speak with our Worcester divorce attorney. We will take the time to understand your situation and guide you in the right direction so that you can make the best decision possible. If you have any questions about the documentation and steps involved in the no fault divorce process, request your consultation. We can help.