In Massachusetts, a court will hear a divorce case if one of the following is satisfied: (1) the plaintiff has lived in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for at least one year and the cause of the divorce occurred outside Massachusetts; or (2) the plaintiff lives in the Commonwealth at the time he or she files for divorce and the cause of the divorce occurred in Massachusetts. A court may refuse jurisdiction if it determines that the plaintiff moved to Massachusetts for the purpose of obtaining a divorce. (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 208 Section 5) Divorce actions should be filed in the Family and Probate division of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
While divorce may be common, when you go through it yourself, you still deserve dedicated, personal focus on your rights and unique situation. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you figure out the best way forward, explain the law, and represent you in court if it is ever necessary. Take the first step now and contact a local divorce attorney to discuss your divorce.