Your Divorce and Family Law Attorney in Southeastern Massachusetts
How Difficult Is It to Get Divorced?
The divorce process can be long and stressful, or it can be straightforward, it all depends on your circumstances and relationship with your soon to be ex. There are two main types of divorce in Massachusetts:
If you and your spouse can agree on all aspects of the divorce, for examples how the property will be divided, who will be the custodial parent for your children, and how time spent with the children will be divided between both of you, then you can seek an uncontested divorce. This is often the fastest and least expensive way to get divorced and you don’t need to spend time arguing (and sharing personal details of your relationship) in a courtroom. Despite it being a straightforward process, it is still a good idea to have a lawyer on hand to open a dialogue about potential pitfalls that you and your spouse have not considered.
A divorce is “Contested” when at least one spouse disagrees with some of the terms of the divorce, whether it be property division or child custody, and this form of divorce is the most common because there are so many things to agree on in a divorce.
Our firm always seeks what is best for our clients. If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement on any important issues, we will try to work with you, your spouse and your spouse’s attorney to come to terms that everyone can be satisfied with before going to a judge. The more issues that can be resolved outside of the courtroom the better for all parties involved.
Unbundled Divorce Help
We have all heard the stories out there of people who end up paying a small fortune just to get a divorce, even so far as there being the joke (often made by an angry divorcée) with the punchline that divorce is so expensive because it’s worth it. While our firm won’t disagree that it is better to split than to remain together and cause emotional (or sometimes physical) pain to yourself or each other, we will argue that divorce doesn’t NEED to be a bank breaking experience. One way our firm tries to minimize the cost to you is by trying to negotiate and agree outside of going to court as much as possible. Another way is by offering an unbundled style of assistance for divorce, also referred to as Limited Assistance Representation.
You might not be familiar with unbundled legal services, and that is ok. In the past it was just an understood fact that you would hire your attorney (preferably at the start of the process), pay a large retainer, wait for the notice to reload your retainer, and continue that cycle until your divorce was finalized. As Dylan once sang “times they are a-changin'”, Our firm offers you the option of hiring our attorney for specific parts of your divorce where an attorney’s presence can be the most impactful on providing you with your desired outcome. This option may not be appropriate for all situations though, so contact us today at (508) 542-3510 to discuss your situation and we can determine what level of service is the best suited for you.
Other Common Family Law claims
- Prenuptial/Premarital Agreements
- Child Support Modifications
- Spousal Support Modifications
- Child Custody Modifications
- Grandparents’ Rights
Unfortunately, due to the varying and unique nature of each Divorce & Family Law situation, it is difficult to provide any set pricing quote before the initial consultation. The initial consultation is free and can be conducted over the phone or in-person to be convenient for you. At the end of the consultation we should be able to give you an idea of the cost to accomplish your goal.
Areas may include:
- Contested and Uncontested Divorces
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Father’s Rights
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Fathers’ Rights
- Post Judgment Disputes