When facing divorce, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the legal jargon used throughout the process. Add this frustration to the mounting stress and heightened emotion, and you may be left making poor decisions. While our firm is here to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you have, this guide can help clarify some of the legal jargon you may encounter. Types of Divorce Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage This cause for divorce stipulates that neither party is at fault and that both spouses agree that their marriage is broken. No-Fault Divorce vs. Fault In Massachusetts, a spouse can seek a “no-fault” divorce or a “fault” divorce. A no-fault divorce is filed when there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This type of divorce is generally a more straightforward process. A fault divorce, on the other hand, can be filed when one party feels the other is to blame for the breakdown of the marriage. Massachusetts law recognizes several reasons for an at-fault divorce, such as adultery, desertion, and cruel and abusive treatment, to name a few. Common Forms Used in Divorce Proceedings Complaint for Divorce The first form filed to begin a civil case through the court is called a complaint. This form indicates the reason for starting a claim, and the person filing is referred to as the plaintiff. Answer Following the filing of a complaint, the other spouse becomes the defendant. The defendant-spouse can file a response to the divorce complaint, which
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