Do we have to go to court?
Yes, even if you are filing a no-fault, noncontested divorce (No Fault 1-A), you and your spouse have to appear before the judge who has received a copy of your Agreement before hand. It is the judge who is empowered to grant or deny your divorce based on his/her evaluation of your Agreement and its adherence to Massachusetts law.
The parties are not free to agree to a support number that is less than the Guideline calculation without presenting the court with a very persuasive argument.
Unlike child support, there is no established formula for alimony. There are, however, a number of different formulas that have been used frequently for calculation of alimony. It is important that you review the different ranges of support and the concomitant formulas that are commonly implemented by Massachusetts’s courts.
Mediation is not therapy or counseling. It is a problem solving approach for helping couples reach agreement, be it to structure a divorce or separation.
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