Divorce Attorney in Worcester

Worcester Divorce Filing Actions

Massachusetts law allows both fault-based and no-fault divorces. A fault-based divorce is one in which one of the parties is blamed for the breakdown of the marriage and may be based on one of these grounds:

  • Cruel and abusive treatment
  • Utter desertion continued for one year
  • A prison sentence of five years or more
  • Gross and confirmed habits of intoxication by the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Refusal or neglect to provide suitable support and maintenance for the other spouse
  • Adultery
  • Impotency

A no-fault divorce is one in which neither spouse is blamed for the breakdown of the marriage. A no-fault divorce is awarded on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.  We also provide our clients with help with contested, uncontested, and collaborative divorce in Worcester. The Worcester divorce attorneys at Donahue, Rauscher & McGrail, P.C. help clients review all legal options in Massachusetts. Contact us to get help with your Worcester divorce.

File for Divorce in Worcester

Three importance issues in a divorce are distribution of property, child custody, and child support. Our firm protects your rights during settlement, mediation, or trial.

Distribution of property

Under Massachusetts law, marital property is divided equitably at the time of divorce. Massachusetts courts consider these factors when dividing property:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The spouses’ conduct during the marriage
  • The age, health, station, occupation, income, vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities, and needs of both spouses
  • The opportunity of the spouses to acquire future income and assets
  • The present and future needs of the children of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of the marital property
  • Each spouse’s contribution as a homemaker

Child custody

Massachusetts courts based their child custody decision on the best interests of the child. The courts consider the child’s happiness and welfare, taking into consideration whether the child’s present or past living conditions have a negative impact on his physical, mental, moral, or emotional health.

Child support

The award of child support in Massachusetts is based on the Child Support Guidelines, which include these factors:

  • The gross income of the paying parent
  • The number of children the paying parent is responsible for supporting
  • The ages of the children

The Massachusetts courts presume that the Child Support Guidelines are correct unless it can be demonstrated that the amount would be unjust or inappropriate.

Our Worcester divorce law firm at Donahue, Rauscher & McGrail, P.C. protects your rights and helps clients with family law cases. 

Call 1 508 757-7737 or use our online form and contact us for a consultation or help with your Worcester divorce.

Donahue, Rauscher & McGrail, P.C. 23 Harvard Street Worcester, MA 01609 Phone: (866) 625-4898 Fax: (508) 751-5777