Massachusetts Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Massachusetts
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Massachusetts. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Massachusetts online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Massachusetts are as follows:

  • One of the spouses must be a resident of the state of Massachusetts if the grounds for divorce occurred in Massachusetts
  • If the grounds for divorce occurred outside the state of Massachusetts then one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least 1 year

  • (Massachusetts General Laws - Chapter 208 - Sections: 4,5 & 6)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Massachusetts:

  • No Fault:
    • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
  • Fault:
    • Adultery
    • Impotency
    • Utter desertion continued for one year next prior to the filing of the complaint
    • Gross and confirmed habits of intoxication caused by voluntary
    • Excessive use of intoxicating liquor, opium, or other drugs
    • Cruel and abusive treatment, or, if a spouse being of sufficient ability

    (Massachusetts General Laws - Chapter 208 - Sections: 1, 1A, 1B and 2)

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