A Massachusetts divorce has a way of sneaking up on people - both in the request for it and in the process that follows. While we all have a generalized idea of how divorce works because, we've all watched movies and movies teach us that there are lawyers and paperwork that needs to be signed, it can be and often is far more complicated than people realize. So, what are some parts of the divorce process that many don't see coming?
Since more than 90 percent of Massachusetts divorces eventually settle out of court, with some doing so at the very last minute, many couples feel that pursuing an amicable divorce from the beginning makes more sense. When both spouses agree that the marriage is over, and they wish to peacefully negotiate the terms of their divorce without litigation, there are a number of things they can do to improve their chances of experiencing a successful outcome.
Divorce mediation in Massachusetts has become a widely accepted way of resolving disputes because it works. Mediators report that typically 85-95 percent of mediated cases result in a settlement, often with an investment of one or two sessions. Among the advantages of mediation is that it fully engages the most important players.
It is understandable that after watching TV shows and movies depicting divorce,you could come away with the conclusion that it is required to prove fault in a Massachusetts divorce case. Many scenes depict the dramatic moment of pinning the blame on one party or another, proving abandonment, abuse, or infidelity.
The discipline of children is a frequent source of post-divorce litigation in Massachusetts. When divorced parents have different opinions about how to manage their children's behavior, they often go to court expecting the court to approve one approach and forbid the other.