Divorce Process FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Divorce Process FAQs
Massachusetts Divorce Process

Do you have divorce questions?

We have compiled a list of questions we hear regularly from our clients regarding the divorce process and have provided the answers below.

How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced?

The timeline for your divorce is going to depend on your unique circumstances. If you and your spouse are able to agree on issues such as child custody and property division, your divorce will move faster. Once the judgment of divorce enters, it will not become final for 90 days. On contested cases, the Massachusetts court has a “tracking system” for divorces. Under the tracking system, Massachusetts divorces are assigned to the 14-month track. That means that the divorce case should go to trial, be settled, or be dismissed within 14 months.

Can I get a Common Law Marriage Annulled?
What if my Spouse Wants to Reconcile or Refuses to Cooperate with the Divorce?
What if my Spouse Does not Live in Massachusetts?
Do Divorce Cases go to Trial Like Other Types of Lawsuits?
Will I Have to Appear in Court?
Will I Still Have to Go to Court if the Case Settles in Mediation?
Are Divorce Records Public in Massachusetts?
Can I Take my Former Last Name as Part of the Divorce?
What Happens if my Spouse and I Want to Cancel the Divorce?
I am Considering Filing for Divorce. Where Can I Turn for Assistance?
Is Divorce Worth It Financially?