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Massachusetts Uncontested Divorce: The Best Divorce Money Can Buy

An Agreement in Principle

In Massachusetts, if a married couple seeks a divorce and the couple have come to an “agreement in principle” then they may obtain a Massachusetts uncontested divorce. In a Massachusetts uncontested divorce, unlike a contested divorce, the parties agree to the disposition of all assets and liabilities, as well as child support and alimony, when they file their Massachusetts divorce complaint. If any of these issues remain unresolved, then a Massachusetts contested divorce is warranted and the parties cannot file an uncontested Massachusetts divorce.

What is an “Agreement in Principle?”

An “agreement in principle” simply means that the parties have come to an agreement with respect to all the major issues of their divorce. This includes the division of both assets and liabilities, as well as agreements with respect to child support, child custody and alimony. If there are any disagreements on ANY of these issues, then the parties cannot obtain a Massachusetts uncontested divorce.

Retain An Attorney to Put the Verbal Agreement in Writing

The parties do not need to have anything in writing. The parties may retain an attorney to assist in drafting the party’s entire Separation Agreement. After the Massachusetts Divorce Agreement is put into writing, each party will have the opportunity to have the Separation Agreement reviewed by their own attorney, if desired.

No Attorneys Required, but it’s Helpful

However, there is no requirement that either party or both parties have counsel. It is necessary, however, that there is transparency, honesty, and that both parties understand exactly what they are agreeing to and signing. There is good faith from both parties in an uncontested Massachusetts Divorce.

It is suggested that at least one petitioner in a Massachusetts Uncontested Divorce obtain an attorney, as there is an enormous amount of paperwork to complete, and the process can be complicated for pro se litigants.

Attorney Anthony Rao has handled hundreds of Massachusetts Uncontested Divorces and is available at 617-953-0836 or via email at to discuss your questions regarding a Massachusetts Uncontesed Divorce. Our law firm provides flat-fee uncontested divorce packages for most Massachusetts uncontested divorces. Ask Attorney Rao how that works.

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2021 Massachusetts Child Support Worksheet: A Tool to Calculate Child Support in Massachusetts as of October 4, 2021

The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines are used by the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to determine the amount of child support paid to the custodial parent from the noncustodial parent for the support and maintenance of the child. The guidelines are updated and reviewed by the Massachusetts Trial Court every four years to make appropriate adjustments based on numerous factors.

The quadrennial review by the Massachusetts Trial Court has been completed, and the new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines are now to be used in all child support cases in Massachusetts. The new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines take effect on October 4, 2021.

Preamble of the 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

“These child support guidelines shall take effect on October 4, 2021, and shall be applied to all child support orders and judgments entered as of October 4, 2021. In recognition of the priority of the interests of the children of the Commonwealth, these guidelines are formulated to be used by all of the justices of the Trial Court. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that these guidelines apply in all cases establishing or modifying a child support order, regardless of whether the parents of the child are married or unmarried, the order is temporary or final, or the Court is deciding whether to approve an agreement for child support. There shall also be a rebuttable presumption that the amount of the child support order calculated under these guidelines is the appropriate amount of child support to be ordered. These guidelines are based on various considerations, including, but not limited to, each parent’s earnings, income, and other evidence of ability to pay. These guidelines are intended to be of assistance to attorneys and to parties in determining what level of payment would be expected given the relative income levels of the parties. In all cases where an order for child support may be established or modified, a guidelines worksheet must be filled out, regardless of the income of the parties.”

The Preamble to the 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

2021 Massachusetts Child Support Calculator: A Tool to Determine the Amount of Child Support in Massachusetts

The actual 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines are a substantive, twenty-six page document that provides litigants, judges and attorneys a detailed overview of the child support law in Massachusetts. However, Massachusetts child support orders are actually calculated by using the “2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Worksheet.”

The Worksheet provides the parties with the child support order that is recommend by the 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. The number that the worksheet produces is a “rebuttable presumption.” Meaning, the child support judge is presumed to order the Worksheet amount, but this presumption can be rebutted by numerous factors.

About the Author: Attorney Anthony Rao, Esq. is a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and was admitted to the practice of law in 2006. As a former Child Support Enforcement Attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Attorney Rao has handled thousands of Massachusetts Child Support Cases, and is available to discuss the 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines and the 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. He may be reached at 617-953-0836, or at