How much does it cost to file for divorce in Massachusetts?
There is a fee to file a divorce, and to get a summons. As of August 15, 2012, the filing fee is $200.00, plus a $15.00 surcharge, and a summons costs $5.00. Notifying your spouse, called service of process, can cost around $30.00 or more if he or she lives far away.
What do I need to file for divorce in Massachusetts?
For everyone Anyone filing for a 1A divorce needs to file: A certified copy of your marriage certificate, which you can get from the Registry of Vital Records or your city or town. Separation agreement (you already have this prepared). Joint Petition for Divorce form (CJD-101A) signed by both spouses or their lawyers.
Do you need an attorney to file a divorce?
If you and your spouse agree on all the terms of your divorce, you can file for an uncontested divorce without the help of a lawyer. However, it is always advisable to at least have a lawyer look through your agreement in an uncontested divorce to make sure that your rights and interests are protected.
How long do you have to be separated before divorce in Massachusetts?
For the ground of no-fault based on a separation for 18 months, the residency requirement is one year in Massachusetts. If the grounds for divorce is adultery you can file immediately without living in Massachusetts for a year.