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What is a Massachusetts Separation Agreement?

Spouses seeking a divorce in Massachusetts can pursue court intervention or settle all issues through a negotiated and signed contract. In Massachusetts we call this contract a Separation Agreement which is a misleading name. The Separation Agreement functions as your divorce agreement. Your signed Separation Agreement will be presented to the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court judge for approval. Walking into court with a signed Separation Agreement allows couples to tailor their agreement to meet their specific needs. It will cover alimony, taxes, medical and dental insurance, life insurance and an allocation of assets and debts. If you have children, it will address child support, a co-parenting, any special medical and educational needs they may have, legal and physical custody, education and define emancipation.

Negotiating your Massachusetts Divorce

Entering into a Separation Agreement allows spouses to retain control and to create predictability. It is a much more desirable alternative to allowing a judge to make decisions for you and entering temporary orders or a court-ordered judgment. Chances are, neither of you will be happy with the judge's decision. In addition, the judge does not have the time to get to know you as well as any divorce mediator will get to know you. Although no couple can predict every future event, a mediator can help you identify certain circumstances that may arise in the future and address them in your Separation Agreement which will preserve your time and money.

Contact Attorney Kaplan to find out how she organizes the divorce mediation process and helps her clients to stay on track so they don't feel overwhelmed during negotiations. She can prepare your Separation Agreement after your case settles. Your initial call is free. 781-923-1680

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Contact Attorney Kaplan 

The Law Office of Judith R. Kaplan

167 Washintgon Street

Norwell, MA  02061


Tel: 781-923-1680

Fax: 781-923-1681​

Also available to meet clients at:

25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 200

Braintree, MA  02184 

500 Victory Road, Suite 400

Marina Bay

Quincy, MA  02171

Meetings via Zoom can be arranged.

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Attorney Kaplan works as a Massachusetts divorce mediator with families from Plymouth County, Norfolk County, Bristol County, Middlesex County, Barnstable County, Essex County and Suffolk County (including such towns/cities as Boston, Brookline, Canton, Walpole, Norfolk, Milton, Weymouth, Quincy, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Duxbury, Marshfield, Kingston, Scituate, Sharon, Abington, Hanover, Whitman, Hull, Pembroke, Taunton, Raynham, Bridgewater, Carver, Plymouth, Sagamore, Falmouth, Brewster, Mashpee and Centerville).  

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