Quick divorce in Massachusetts
by Amy Saunders
There are several options for a “quick divorce” in Massachusetts but first and foremost – one size does not fit all. This article will review what those options are — but it is important that you seek legal counsel to assure it is in your best interest in the long-term. Quick is not always better. On the other hand, I have worked with many clients that have been extremely cooperative and agreeable and we have reached very fair and equitable agreements and divorced in less than 2 weeks for around $1,000. In those cases, a quick-divorce is reasonable when needed.
What is a Quick Divorce?
There are a few options for a quick divorce. I will list them in ascending order of “time to a legal and binding divorce”.
Caribbean Divorce – Dominican Republic
This is the fastest way to obtain a legal and binding divorce. A couple that presents in court in the Dominican Republic will have a legal and binding divorce on the same day. You will walk out of the court room with finality. No waiting period for the divorce to be legal and binding. All parties and your attorney would fly to the Dominican Republic the night before and you could leave after your court appearance or stay in the Caribbean to vacation afterwards. A Dominican Republic divorce is not legal and binding in all 50 states – so you will need to consult an experienced attorney.
Time to a legal and binding divorce: 1 day
Do both parties have to be present: No, but our practice requires both parties to be present for a successful divorce
Cost of this method: In total with legal fees, airfare and hotel — around $5,000.
This is the second quickest divorce option. This would require at least one party to be present for 7 days prior to the court appearance (i.e., vacation). After the court appearance with your attorney, your divorce will be legal and binding within a few days. A Guam divorce is legal and binding in all 50 states.
Time to a legal and binding divorce: 3 days to 7 days, generally
Do both parties have to be present: No, but our practice requires at least one party to be present in most cases
Cost of this method: In total with legal fees, airfare and 8 nights at a hotel — around $7,000.
Mediation or Collaborative Divorce
This is the least expensive method for divorce – but does require more time than the other options. A mediation can take as little as 4 hours to several visits depending on the ability for parties to agree to an equitable and legal agreement.
Time to a legal and binding divorce: 120 to 540 days, varies by state
Do both parties have to be present: Yes.
Cost of this method: In total with legal fees – $1,000 to $2,500.
To discuss these options – feel free to call or email our office for a 30 minute interview / consultation. We can answer any of your questions and provide guidance based on your situation.
Attorney Amy Saunders, Esq.
Law Office of Hanson & Saunders
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