Regardless of how you and your soon to be ex-spouse are communicating, Divorce is an emotional and tumultuous process. Emotions can run wild as you try to navigate ending a relationship while starting a new life and protecting your children. Having an attorney who listens to you and explains each step of the procedure to you can go a long way in easing you through this process. At the Law Office of Janna K. Saad, Esq., LLC, I maintain a small case load so I can provide more specialized attention to each case. Further, I promote communication and mediation to help you reach an Agreement that works best for your family instead of having a stranger (the Judge) make the decisions for you. Massachusetts provides two different paths towards divorce: Contested and Uncontested. There are important differences in determining which direction to go.
In addition, Massachusetts has a list of specific factors it uses to determine the outcome of divorce cases should trial be necessary:
- The length of the marriage
- The conduct of the parties during the marriage
- The age
- Amount and sources of income
- Vocational skills
- Needs of each of the parties
- The opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income
- The amount and duration of alimony, if any, awarded
- The present and future needs of the dependent children of the marriage
- The contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation or appreciation in value of the respective estates and
- The contribution of each of the parties as a homemaker to the family unit.
In addition, all property, wherever situated and irrespective of whose name is on the title, including inherited property, may be subject to equitable division in a divorce. If you already have decided how you want to divide your assets, then a Settlement Agreement may be right for you.
My office can help you through your divorce in the following ways through full representation or Limited Assistance Representation or Mediation:
- Completion of pleadings for a 1A or 1B Divorce filing
- Drafting of a Separation Agreement
- Independent Review of a Separation Agreement
- Navigating Financial Statements
- Drafting of Parenting Plans
- Calculations of child support and alimony
- Motions for Temporary Orders
- Discovery and Subpoenas
It is important that you love your children more than you hate each other when it comes to making decisions about your children and your divorce. In addition to the factors above, a Judge will always consider the “best interests of the child”. What a Judge considers to be the best interest may not be what you consider the best interest. The Courts encourage families to work together to make the transition as easy as possible for the children and create a plan that works best for you.
Contact my office today for a free 30-minute phone consultation on how I can help ease the transition and ensure your interests are protected. We can also discuss any alternative methods such as mediation or drafting a agreement that could be an option for your situation.