A divorce is the legal remedy to terminate a couple’s marriage. When getting a divorce, the parties must be prepared to discuss property division (assets and liabilities), child support, child custody and parenting plans, alimony, health and life insurance, and many other issues.
The Divorce Process
There are several paths that married parties wishing to obtain a divorce may take depending on their needs and unique situation. Out of court processes, such as mediation and collaborative law, tend to be quicker and less costly. However, if the divorce is contested and the parties cannot come to an agreement, then the divorce will need to go through litigation in the courts.
If the parties file for an uncontested divorce, they will work together with their divorce attorneys to reach an agreement on all of the necessary issues. The parties will only have to appear at family court once, to file all the necessary paperwork and appear before the judge to have their agreement approved.
Uncontested divorces are often the result of out of court processes such as mediation and collaborative law, or litigation cases where the parties and their lawyers work cooperatively together to reach a settlement.
If the divorce is contested, or if the parties cannot come to an agreement, the family court will assign dates for various hearings, including a trial if the parties cannot reach an agreement before that date. Most cases even when contested result in settlement without the need for trial, but litigated cases are often lengthier in time and more costly than out of court settlement processes such as mediation and collaborative law.
Choosing the Best Divorce Process for Your Needs
The divorce lawyers in the Levitt Law Group are all experienced in the various approaches to divorce, including collaborative law, mediation, and litigation. We can help you decide which avenue is best for you and your family.
Contact the Levitt Law Group today to discuss any issue related to divorce in Massachusetts.