Law Offices of Katherine Hatch

Experienced trial attorneys for Massachusetts criminal defense and general litigation matters, including divorce and family issues.

Divorce and Related Family Matters

Massachusetts Divorce Process  


There are few areas of the law that more personal, stressful, and emotionally charged than divorce.  It is for this reason that you need an attorney who will listen to your needs and goals and who will guide you through every step of the divorce process to help you achieve the best possible results in your case.    


Massachusetts is a "no fault" state.   While Massachusetts still allows divorces because of the "fault" of a spouse, such as adultery and cruel and abusive treatment, the vast majority of divorces in Massachusetts are filed under one of the two provisions for a "no fault" divorce. Generally, if both parties to the marriage agree that they wish to be divorced and also agree to all of the terms and conditions related to the settlement of the assets of the marriage, child support, visitation, custody, etc., the parties may file a Joint Petition for Divorce. This is referred to as a "Section IA" divorce.  If each party to the marriage does not agree that he or she wants to get divorced, or if the parties cannot agree on all of the terms of the settlement of their assets, or child related issues, one spouse may file a Complaint for Divorce and allege that there has been an "irretrievable breakdown" of the marriage. This is referred to as a "Section IB" divorce.   


The advantage of our being a "no-fault" state is that you and your spouse do not have to prove fault before you can get divorced. This enables you and your spouse to focus on practical issues such as:


    - Reaching an equitable division of marital property;

    - Negotiating a child custody and support agreement if you have

      children; and/or

    - Assessing if one side will be required to pay alimony and for how long.


Sometimes these issues can be resolved favorably through skilled negotiation and sometimes these issues require litigation in court.  In either case, you want an attorney who will effectively represent your interests and your goals at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.


If you need help with issues involving:  divorce, child custody and support, paternity, visitation, pre-nuptial agreements, modifications, contempt actions, parental relocations, alimony and spousal maintenance, or guardianship, you want Attorney Katherine Hatch advocating on your behalf. 


The personalized attention and unwaivering dedication to you and your case will help get you the best possible results.


Call us for a free consultation: +1.617.500.7120 

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