Is Massachusetts What is Considered a No-Fault Divorce State?

In Massachusetts there are 7 what would be called “fault grounds or reasons”. There are also no-fault grounds. No fault divorce is called “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. There can be faults or reasons for the divorce, but they are plead out as no-fault and both parties do not need to agree to the divorce and one party can say that it is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

Sometimes some people will say that there is adultery or cruel and abusive treatment, but even if those are the reasons most times they are filed as a no-fault divorce.

In Massachusetts What are the Fault Grounds for Divorce?

In Massachusetts most divorces are filed with a no-fault, but you can file alleging adultery, impotency, desertion, additions to drugs or alcohol, cruel and abusive treatment, refusal to support the other spouse when able or being in jail for 5 or more years.

How are Assets Divided in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts assets are not necessarily divided 50/50. It may happen in many circumstances, but it depends. It is considered an equitable distribution state and the idea is to divide marital assets fairly between the spouses upon divorce. There is a question of whether or not something is a marital asset, meaning if it is separate property; which was acquired prior to the marriage or even after the parties separated.