How long will the divorce process take?
There is substantial variation in the duration of a
divorce in Massachusetts, from under six months to over
one year. A divorce processed as a joint petition will
take 120 days from the approval of an agreement to the
entry of a judgment absolute, at which time the parties
may remarry. The complexity of the discovery process
and the level of cooperation of the parties are the
two most important factors that determine how long a
divorce will take.
How do Massachusetts courts determine child
The income of the payor, the number of children to be
supported, the age of the oldest child, and the income
of the recipient are the factors considered in the Massachusetts
Child Support Guidelines. The most important of those
factors is the income of the payor. Please click
here for a sample Guidelines Worksheet.
What’s the difference between child support
The most important difference is the taxation. Alimony
is ordinarily taxed as income income to the recipient,
and the amount paid is deductible from the gross income
of the payor. Child support is never taxable to the
recipient. Sound planning requires a consideration of
tax consequences, so that the family retains as much
of its resources as possible.
What is a Parent Education Program?
Massachusetts requires parents with minor children who
are involved in a divorce to enroll in a course designed
to educate them to help their children through the process.
A certificate of completion is required within sixty
days of the filing of a Complaint or service of the
Summons. These programs are typically held weekday evenings
and can be found in most communities. Our clients have
reported that this program has been worthwhile. There
is a charge of $65 for the course. Please
click here for a link to more information on these
How much does a divorce cost?
In Massachusetts, domestic relations matters cannot
be billed on any contingency basis, and most family
law specialists charge hourly rates for all services.
As every case is unique, it is difficult to estimate
in advance what the total cost will be. At your initial
consultation, a Retainer will be set, an initial payments
toward future services and costs, which is not a minimum
or maximum fee but is determined by an estimate of what
the minimum cost might be. Our protocol is to delegate
a project to a member of the team who can do the work
efficiently at reasonable cost.
What sets Margaret S. Travers, P.C. apart from
other Boston area law firms?
Our team is experienced enough to handle complex matters
and small enough for the attorneys and assistants to
work together efficiently. We consider the client to
be an integral member of the team. Margaret S. Travers
is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
and has been nationally known throughout her career
of over 30 years. We are committed to finding a satisfactory
settlement of issues, but we are also prepared to litigate
a case where unusual circumstances require a trial.
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