Massachusetts family law and litigation matters are often extremely complicated, difficult and stressful matters for partners and their children. Divorce and child custody discussions can inflame emotions and generate additional conflict. Sound legal advice and expert case handling and mediation make these situations easier to deal with for everyone and lead to outcomes that satisfy all involved.
Shapiro Mediation Services has the experience needed to make sure every detail of your family law matter is handled with you and your loved one’s needs in mind. We will explain the entire process in easy-to-grasp terms, secure the necessary documents, and be there to help keep you focused on the resolution you need and deserve.
By leveraging our knowledge and expertise as it pertains to the Massachusetts family law litigation process, we can instead opt for a favorable outcome via family law mediation. Aside from being more expedient and cost-effective, family law mediation can ensure the sacred bonds of your family can be maintained while still achieving an outcome that advances matters onward, rather than setting you and your loved ones back due to acrimony or spite.
Basics of Family Law In Massachusetts
Massachusetts is what is commonly referred to as a “no-fault” divorce state. In other words, a party does not need to provide or prove specific grounds to be divorced, such as infidelity or abuse. All that is needed is to state that your marriage has been irreversibly damaged and that it is in the best interests of the family to pursue divorce. The directness of these statues can save people time, money, and heartache. The state of Massachusetts also allows for a person to file a divorce on specific grounds, but this is not common or necessary.
For a person to pursue a lawful divorce in Massachusetts, one of the spouses must be a resident of a Massachusetts county for six months. This can complicate things for some couples who may have recently moved from another state or county and are certain divorce is necessary.
Generally speaking, Massachusetts courts base their decisions of custody upon what they deem to be in the best interests of any children involved. They will utilize many different factors and standards to determine this. The parent’s employment history, income, living arrangements, criminal history, neighborhood of residence, and many other factors all come into play. Because many of these things may change over time, a parent can request a modification of an existing child custody order if circumstances change and a supportive environment is secured.
Massachusetts law orders that each parent is responsible for supporting their children, though child support is often the duty of the noncustodial parent. The law assumes that the custodial parent spends the required amount during daily care and thus does not need to compensate financially.
Find a Favorable Family Law Outcome With Shapiro Mediation Services
Family law litigation can be an exhausting and mentally taxing option for all involved parties. Luckily, there is an alternative: family law mediation. Mediation is a phenomenal alternative to litigation for a number of family law matters, and after a consultation with one of our expert Massachusetts mediators, we are confident we can devise a favorable outcome for your family law matter.
From divorce to alimony and child custody, and any and all family law matters, the team at Shapiro Mediation Services is standing by to be a partner you can count on. For a free consultation with one of our Massachusetts family law mediators, call our team at (339) 298-7733 or complete our online contact form.