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What is a fault divorce in Massachusetts?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018

Some of the Massachusetts fault grounds include 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 and excessive use of intoxicating liquor, opium, or other drugs, and cruel and abusive treatment. See Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208, Section 1.

The burden is on the plaintiff/spouse filing the Massachusetts divorce complaint to prove the defendant/spouse engaged in such conduct. This is an incredibly costly method by which to obtain a divorce in Massachusetts and sometimes fueled more by emotions. Consider pursuing a no-fault divorce with the guidance of a Massachusetts divorce mediator instead if you want to pursue a divorce in Massachusetts. See Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208, Sections 1A and 1B. Attorney and divorce mediator Kaplan will waive the first 1/2 hour of your consultation.


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