To file for divorce in Massachusetts, you must have lived in the state for one year. You may also file for divorce if the reason the marriage ended occurred in Massachusetts and you have lived in Massachusetts as a couple.
There are seven reasons to file for fault divorce. This means the other party was at fault in causing the marriage to fall apart. In a no-fault divorce neither party blames the other, and both agree to end the marriage. This is called Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage.
To further complicate the filing for divorce, Massachusetts has two types of irretrievable breakdowns, referred to as 1A and 1B. File a “1A” divorce when both spouses agree that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and they have reached a written agreement about child support, parenting time, alimony, child custody, and dividing marital assets. This is an uncontested no-fault divorce.
File a “1B” divorce when one spouse believes there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or both spouses believe the marriage has ended but they aren’t in agreement about custody, support, or marital property issues. This is a contested no-fault divorce.
Below are the available Massachusetts divorce forms. You will not need to file every form. You may need additional forms as directed by the clerk of court.
Massachusetts Financial Statement Short Form (earnings less than $75,000 per year)
Massachusetts Financial Statement Long Form (earnings more than $75,000 per year)
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