Divorcing a spouse is never easy, especially when the two individuals in the marriage are unable to communicate. When a marriage is no longer loving or there are underlying issues at play such as infidelity, divorce is inevitable. The court of Massachusetts requires a legal reason for the divorce. Learning more about divorce can help you make the decision to end your marriage or seek other avenues such as separation or counseling.
Learning the Difference Between Divorce and Separate Support
A completed and filed divorce is the end or dissolution of a marriage. With separate support, the marriage is not ended. There are differences between the two but separate support will address the same issues that divorce does such as visitation, child support, custody of children, etc.
Depending on what you are filing, separate support or divorce, there will be varying paperwork to fill out. An experienced divorce attorney in Massachusetts will be able to assist in filling out the right paperwork and going about the process to begin either the separation or divorce.
In the state of Massachusetts, the term separate support takes the place of a legal separation, a term used in other states in the US. You do not need the approval of the court to be able to live apart from your spouse. With separate support, a Complaint for Separate Support or Complaint for Support is filed within the court. Spouses will make a separation agreement that will be signed by the husband and wife.
What issues are at play when it comes to divorce or separate support cases?
Whether you are filing for divorce or separate support, there are issues that need to be discussed between the husband and wife. These issues can include:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Visitation with children
- Division of assets
- Division of personal property
- Real property division
- Who will live in the marital home
- Division of debt
- Protection from abuse if needed
If the two individuals involved cannot come to an agreement in such matters then the judge will make the decision. Both parties can present evidence to help the judge decide.
Working with a Divorce Attorney
It is always a good idea to consult with a divorce attorney to gain support and information on the different options including divorce, separate support, and support. Learning more about your options will help you make the decision that is best for you and your family. An attorney can help you go over each aspect of your marriage and help with the decision making process for child support, custody, etc.
Both parties can meet with the attorney with a mediator present to assist with the decision making process. Working with an attorney can smooth the process along and ensure that all paperwork and steps are properly taken.
For assistance in a divorce or separation, contact the Law Office of Rosanne Klovee LLC. Ms. Klovee concentrates in family law including divorce and custody disputes. She is also a trained family law mediator with training provided by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.