Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants , 3d ed., 2018. Mass. Legal Services.
The online version of the book includes checklists, sample agreements, forms, and so much more. Despite the title, those in all income brackets will find it useful. It's the best online source.
MGL c.208 Divorce
Selected Massachusetts cases
Ansin v. Craven-Ansin , 457 Mass. 283 (2010)
Post-Nuptial Agreements may be enforced. "[T]he judge should determine at a minimum whether (1) each party has had an opportunity to obtain separate legal counsel of each party's own choosing; (2) there was fraud or coercion in obtaining the agreement; (3) all assets were fully disclosed by both parties before the agreement was executed; (4) each spouse knowingly and explicitly agreed in writing to waive the right to a judicial equitable division of assets and all marital rights in the event of a divorce; and (5) the terms of the agreement are fair and reasonable at the time of execution and at the time of divorce."
Checklist for Divorce Separation Agreements , Mass. Council on Family Mediation. A list of the many items to consider when drafting your separation agreement.
Sample separation agreements
- Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal and Financial Challenges, Nolo, 2016 Requires library card for access
- Divorce Statistics, Divorce Magazine
A large number of statistics about divorce in an easy-to-read format. Includes divorce rate by state, statistics about marriage and divorce and children of divorce.
- Divorce Without Court, Nolo, 2015
Includes information on mediation, writing the agreement, doing legal research, and more. Requires library card for access
- Get a copy of your divorce record, Mass. Trial Court.
- Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, Nolo, 2016
Not specific to Massachusetts, includes information on uncontested divorce, mediation, custody disputes, child support, health insurance and more. Requires library card for access
- The Process of Exchanging Information in Probate and Family Court, Neighborhood Legal Services, 2000
Although quite old, this handbook does a good job of explaining what can be requested and how to do so, as well as providing warning of when an attorney's help is critical.
- Self-Help: Annulment, Mass. Trial Court.
Lists the grounds for an annulment, and explains why, in many cases, a divorce may be a simpler option
- Separation and Divorce, Mass. Legal Help, 2015
This is a chapter of a book written for domestic violence survivors, but the information would be helpful to anyone just starting the divorce process. Covers the basics of where to file, costs, the timetable, and more, with links to forms.
- Checklist for Divorce Separation Agreements, Mass. Council on Family Mediation
A list of the many items to consider when drafting your separation agreement
- Merger vs. Survival of Divorce Agreements in Massachusetts, DivorceNet
There are critical differences between a separation agreement that is "merged" and one that "survives" the divorce judgment. This article provides help in choosing the one that's right for you.
Financial Statements and Other Financial Issues
- Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 410: Mandatory Self Disclosure
- Divorce & Money, Nolo, 2016
Includes information on dividing property, doing taxes, dealing with child support, and more. Requires library card for access
- DOR Directive 89-3: Filing status; divorced, Mass. Dept. of Revenue
"Since the material (and tax) status of a divorced or divorcing individual depends on the nature of the judgment of divorce in effect at the close of the tax year, if the judgment nisi is in effect at that time, the taxpayer is married and must file either jointly or as married filing separately. If the judgment nisi has then become absolute, the taxpayer's filing status is 'single'."
- Financial Disclosure in Massachusetts Divorce, Atty. Howard I. Goldstein
Provides helpful advice as well as links to forms, rules, and information on other aspects of divorce
- How to Fill Out a Financial Statement, Neighborhood Legal Services
Includes information on records to gather and what to include in your financial statement
Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf
Harris, Susan. "Woof, woof, we're getting a divorce": pet custody and the law. v. 30 Issue 3 Massachusetts Family Law Journal 30 (May/June 2012)
Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual, MCLE, loose-leaf
Military Families and Divorce, MCLE, 2011
Discusses the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, custody, family support, and pensions
Trying Divorce Cases in Massachusetts, MCLE, 2015.
Chapter 7 Doing your Digging: Discovery in Divorce Actions and Chapter 8 Uncovering Hidden Assets and Income
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