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Massachusetts Grounds for Divorce

Massachusetts divorce courts accept both no fault and fault grounds for divorce. A couple filing for no fault divorce in Massachusetts will cite an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage.

Fault divorce grounds accepted in Massachusetts include:

  • Adultery
  • Impotency
  • Desertion for one year
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Drug addiction
  • Cruel and abusive treatment
  • Refusing or neglecting to provide suitable support

Before a couple can file for no fault or fault divorce, one of the spouses must meet the Massachusetts residency requirements. Speak with a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer about the divorce process and other state requirements you will need to be aware. Get advice about how to handle your divorce case throughout the divorce process. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Massachusetts divorce case review.

The above synopsis of Massachusetts divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Massachusetts divorce attorney in your area.

Massachusetts divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.