How Much Does It Cost to Get a Divorce if Both Parties Agree Massachusetts?

Cutting divorce costs in half in Massachusetts

The cost of getting an uncontested divorce in Massachusetts, where both parties agree, primarily includes the filing fee and any applicable attorney fees. As of 2023, the filing fee for divorce in Massachusetts is $215. The total cost can range significantly based on attorney fees and other services used. For uncontested divorces without disputes, the average total cost is typically between $3,900 and $4,500. Our fees are significantly lower. We base all of our fees on your income, so the less you earn, the less you pay.

Simplifying the Divorce Journey in Massachusetts:
A Comprehensive Guide

Navigating a divorce can be complex, but when both parties agree, the path is clearer. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, an uncontested divorce simplifies the legal process, reduces divorce costs, and helps maintain amicable relations.

Understanding Uncontested Divorce in Massachusetts

An uncontested divorce is usually based on an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. That means that neither party is blaming the other for the divorce, you both just want to go your separate ways. It streamlines the divorce proceedings and can save you a lot of money.

Divorce Costs:
The Financial Landscape

Divorce costs can vary widely. Court filing fees are standard, but additional fees like those for legal services, divorce mediation, and obtaining a certified copy of your marriage certificate can add up.

Affordable Massachusetts Divorce Solutions

An affordable divorce is possible. At Afford Law, our fees are based on your income, so the less you earn, the less you pay. Our mission is to provide experienced legal help you can afford.

If you can’t afford our lower rates for a traditional attorney-client relationship, you have another option. Our legal coaching service can save you money and still give you access to a skilled attorney. In this arrangement, you represent yourself in court while we work with you behind the scenes to prepare you every step of the way. This service is available to you for one low monthly fee.

Children's Well-Being:
Support and Custody

In the Probate and Family Court, the best interest of your child in custody matters takes precedence. Judges issue court orders after considering all the following factors:

  • The ability of each parent to care for your child,
  • Who has been the primary caregiver in the past, and
  • Your child’s needs.

Child custody focuses on creating a stable environment for minor children, while child support payments ensure their financial needs are met. The child support guidelines worksheet helps calculate the appropriate amount.

Finalizing the Divorce:
From Temporary Orders to Final Judgment

Temporary orders are often put in place while your divorce is under way. These orders typically establish:

  • Who gets to live in the home,
  • Child custody, and
  • Spousal and Child Support Payments.

Once temporary orders are in place, the divorce process moves towards a final decision. You’ll be told when to attend your court hearing. If all goes well at the hearing, a judgment nisi, enters. The nisi is a waiting period of 120 days. After that time, the court enters a final judgment.

Post-Divorce Considerations:
Life After the Decree

After the divorce, considerations like where to live and ongoing spousal support need to be managed. It’s also a time to reflect on personal growth and the start of a new chapter. There are a lot of changes to deal with. It can seem scary sometimes. But I can tell you from experience, that there is a better life after divorce.

Stepping Forward with Confidence

Completing a divorce is a significant step that requires understanding a variety of legal terms and processes. It’s a very emotional as well as psychological drain on you. Take time for yourself whenever possible. With the right legal advice and support, you can navigate your divorce with confidence and emerge ready for a fresh start.

Legal Disclaimer

This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney to discuss your specific circumstances and receive tailored guidance.

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