Deciding to file for a divorce is a major decision for most couples. With many online solutions available, it is not uncommon for Massachusetts couples to think that they can handle their own divorce. However, they are often unprepared for the many stumbling blocks they may face without the guidance and support of an experienced divorce attorney.
When minor children are involved, child custody and parenting plan agreements must be reached and submitted for court approval. Another area of a divorce that may prove to be more challenging than initially thought is property division. Under Massachusetts laws of equitable distribution, couples may decide on how to divide their assets, as long as it is done in a fair manner and carries the approval of the court. This is where unexpected contention often arises. After navigating these aspects, spousal support and child support will have to be determined.
In Massachusetts, regardless of whether a divorce attorney is retained or a couple decides to handle their divorce themselves, there are specific waiting periods. The waiting periods between filing the divorce complain and the court hearing are dependent on the type of divorce filing (contested or uncontested). After the final hearing, another waiting period must be observed before a final divorce decree is issued.
Considering the complexity of all the issues, many Massachusetts couples choose to utilize the services of an experienced divorce attorney to avoid stumbling blocks. David M. Gabriel and Associates can guide each client to reach a divorce agreement that will benefit all parties.