How Long for Mass Divorce

Massachusetts Uncontested Divorce–1A

  1. Case is filed at Courthouse
  2. Hearing is scheduled within 30 Days *
    1. Short court appearance;
    2. Both parties should attend;
    3. “Name, rank and serial number” types of questions;
    4. Assuming Judge is satisfied that all legal issues have been resolved, he will enter a report.
  3. Judgment of Divorce Nisi will be entered in 30 days;
  4. Judgment is Absolute in 60 days. (Final – “Over and Done” as they say at the auction).

[content_section][content_title]Total Time:[/content_title][content_div]Filing to Final Divorce = 120 Days. **[/content_div]

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*For a good reason we may be able to schedule hearing sooner (there are local court rules), but there is no guarantee and it costs $200.00.  So, unless you really need to shave a few days off, save your money and wait.

* This is good faith estimate of time, really.  Sometimes cases take a little longer depending on schedules of the parties and judges.

Massachusetts Contested Divorce–1B

(Settled BEFORE Trial)

  1. Case is filed at Courthouse;
  2. Spouse must be served with documents;
    1. We make all arrangements with Constable
    2. Constable’s Fee about $45.00 – (local service).
  3. Spouse has 20 days from day they receives documents to file a response;
  4. From there it depends on how fast the parties do their work as required by the Massachusetts Rules of Court.
  5. The case will be referred to mediation and will probably settle – MOST CASES SETTLE!
  6. Settlement agreement is filed with the Court.
  7. Hearing is scheduled within 30 Days *
    1. Short court appearance;
    2. Both parties should attend
    3. “Name, rank and serial number” types of questions;
    4. Assuming Judge is satisfied that everything is in order, he will enter a report; and
  8. Judgment of Divorce Nisi is Absolute (Final – “Over and Done” as they say at the auction) 90 days from hearing.

[content_section][content_title]Total Time:[/content_title][content_div]Filing to mediation: as quick as possible; too many variables to give good faith estimate.
Final Hearing to Final Divorce = 90 Days.[/content_div]

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Massachusetts Contested Divorce–1B

(NO SETTLEMENT)

If your case wasn’t settled at mediation there should be a very good reason.  If you tell us what we need to know, within a reasonable degree of certainty, we can tell you the expected result in most cases regardless of when it is resolved or how (mediation or trial).

Unless there is a real issue about the safety/best interests of your children or there is a very complicated financial situation that a judge needs to unravel, your case should settle.  Our trial fee is low but why spend money unless absolutely necessary.  We believe in what we do and know how to get from “A to B” cost effectively.

[content_section][content_title]Total Time:[/content_title][content_div]Mediation to Final Hearing: ???; depends on judge’s schedule.
Final Hearing to Final Divorce = 90 Days.
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