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Served With Divorce Papers in Massachusetts? How to Respond and Protect Your Interests

So you were served with divorce papers out of the blue. I get it—it's a total shock and you're probably panicking right now. What can you do to stop this runaway train? I wish I could tell you there's a way to completely prevent the divorce, but that's usually not realistic in Massachusetts. Here's the deal:

Our state allows "no-fault" divorce. This means if your spouse wants out, they can make it happen no matter how much you object. The court won't dig into who's at fault or make someone stay married. All that matters is that your marriage is beyond fixing from one person's perspective.

But don't stress—you have options! Just because you can't stop the divorce entirely doesn't mean you have to accept whatever your spouse demands. There's a lot of important decisions to be made around the timing, finances, child custody, and more details of the split. And you have a say.

That's where a lawyer can help—to make sure your voice is heard. An experienced attorney can help slow things down if your spouse is rushing. They can advocate to get you the best possible share of the money and assets you accumulated together. If you have kids, they can push for the custody arrangements that make the most sense for your family. Don't let your soon-to-be-ex control everything!

Contact me to schedule an initial consultation. I've helped people in your shoes get through Massachusetts divorces with favorable outcomes. You need someone in your corner who knows the ins and outs of MA divorce law and will stand up for your rights every step of the way. Let's talk strategy on making the best of this tough situation.

Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and readers should not act upon any information provided without seeking professional legal counsel. The author does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information provided. This blog is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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