If you are a milspouse (military spouse) you know that as with everything else in the military, both marriage and divorce are far more complicated than they are for civilians. While military regulations and federal law may govern much about your marriage and divorce, how does Massachusetts state law impact the proceedings if you are a military spouse and wish to obtain a divorce?
There may come a situation where you wish to take on all the trappings of a divorce without actually completely terminating your marriage - aka, a temporary or permanent separation. Yet not all states have a legal statute governing separations versus divorce; can you pursue a legal separation from your spouse in Massachusetts?
One of the more difficult cases of divorce is one in which abandonment or disappearance comes into play. Divorce law in Massachusetts generally requires that one party serve another with divorce papers, or that both parties file jointly. When your spouse has gone missing and you have not been able to find them through any means, however, what happens when you wish to divorce but cannot serve divorce papers?
You never wanted it to come to this, but the day is finally here; you and your partner have decided to divorce, and end your lives together. Although it is a difficult decision to make, a solid understanding of Massachusetts divorce law can at least make the procedure more painless than your separation. One of the first things you need to understand is that divorce comes in multiple classifications, and you must choose if you will file a fault or no-fault divorce.
When two people get married, they make a serious commitment to each other that isn't rivaled by many other institutions or responsibilities. However, there are times where the married couple realizes that their relationship can't go on. They see the writing on the wall, and they accept the irreconcilable differences they now share. A divorce shortly follows, and then the soon-to-be-former spouses have to figure out what happens to the property they have accumulated over the years.