How long do I need to wait to file for divorce in Massachusetts?

Linda (Guest) on Wednesday, October 10 2012, 09:09 AM
We have been separated for two weeks now and I would like to know how much longer I need to wait before I can file for divorce.
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    Replied by Attorney Howard Lewis on Tuesday, October 16 2012, 11:24 AM · Hide · #1
    Some states have divorce waiting periods when filing for divorce to make sure that couples are absolutely certain about ending their marriages.

    Divorce waiting periods vary from state to state, ranging from a month to six months to even a year or more, if certain divorce issues haven’t been resolved.

    In Massachusetts there could be various waiting periods in your divorce depending on the type of ground with which you file. If you are filing on the ground of an irreconcilable breakdown of your marriage and your spouse submits a statement with you, you will have to wait 30 days. If you are filing on the ground of an irreconcilable breakdown and your spouse does not submit a signed agreement, you will have to wait six months.

    In the past, states have considered extending divorce waiting periods, especially for couples with children. Such divorce legislation has been based on observations that shorter divorce waiting periods lead to higher divorce rates.
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