Massachusetts Grounds for Divorce

Code Section
Ch. 208 §§1-5, §21

Residency
Parties must have lived together in the commonwealth unless plaintiff lived there 1 yr. before filing or cause occurred in the commonwealth and plaintiff filed when living there.

Waiting Period
90 days unless court orders otherwise.

No Fault
Irretrievable breakdown

Defenses
No defense.

Grounds
Adultery; utter desertion for 1 yr.; drug/alcohol addiction; impotency; nonsupport; conviction of crime (sentenced for at least 5 yrs.); absence (raises presumption of death).


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