BULLWINKEL & BROOKS, L.L.C.
Everyone stands at the altar, or walks down the aisle, with the expectation that the commitment they are about to make to the person they love will last forever, and in a perfect world, it would. However, people and relationships change, and two people who were once so compatible struggle to get along. Sometimes the best long-term solution, though a difficult decision, is to end the marriage.
If encountered with this situation, or the prospect, it is very important that you know what your rights are, as well as your obligations, for you and your family. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with families at every stage of a divorce and can help you navigate the waters, review your options, make informed decisions, and protect what is rightfully yours. We understand the unique and difficult challenges client faces, and we approach each case with a combination of sensitivity and skill to achieve the fairest results in an expedient and cost-effective manner.
A marriage is not only an emotional and religious connection to another person; it is a contract that can only be dissolved by a judge in the Probate and
Family Court. In order to do this, the judge will need to be convinced that there is a legitimate reason, or “ground” to grant a divorce. In Massachusetts, the most common ground for a divorce is that the marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.” This is Massachusetts version of a “no-fault” divorce and is appropriate when neither party wants to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage. Other “fault” grounds include cruel and abusive treatment, desertion for one year, and adultery, to name a few.
The process to obtain a divorce on the grounds of “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” may appear at first glance to be quick and simple. However, many aspects of a divorce, such as property division, child custody, retirement benefits, alimony, and other considerations, can be complicated.
If you would like to discuss your present circumstances, know what your rights would be in case you decide to seek a divorce, or if you are seeking representation in a contemplated or pending divorce, please call or email us and arrange for a free consultation with one of our domestic relations attorneys.