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Legal Separation

Understanding Legal Separation in Massachusetts

Welcome to Reeves Lavallee PC, your trusted source for guidance on legal separation in Massachusetts. Our knowledgeable attorneys will guide you through the process, ensuring you make informed decisions to protect your rights and future.

What is Legal Separation?

Interestingly, a legal separation doesn’t formally exist in Massachusetts. Instead, couples may pursue a “Separate Support” action. This court-ordered arrangement addresses issues like child custody, visitation, and support without ending the marriage. The Massachusetts case Coelho v. Coelho (336 Mass. 197, 1957) is an example where Separate Support played a crucial role in the couple’s legal proceedings.

Benefits of Separate Support

Separate Support offers numerous advantages for couples not ready to divorce. Firstly, it provides a framework for living apart and managing finances. Secondly, it allows couples to remain married for religious, financial, or personal reasons.

The Process

To pursue Separate Support in Massachusetts, one spouse files a complaint with the court, stating the reasons for separation. Both parties must attend a hearing, where a judge reviews the case and determines the outcome. The case Perullo v. Perullo (419 Mass. 97, 1994) highlights the importance of presenting strong evidence during the hearing. Fortunately, our attorneys can guide you through this process, ensuring you have the best possible representation.

Child Custody and Support

During the Separate Support hearing, the judge will decide on child custody, visitation, and support arrangements. In Massachusetts, the court will consider the best interests of the child, as seen in the Custody of a Minor case (399 Mass. 1002, 1987). Our team will help you navigate these complexities, advocating for your and your child’s rights.

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If you’re considering a legal separation in Massachusetts, trust Reeves Lavallee PC to guide you through the Separate Support process. Our experienced attorneys will protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you take the first step toward a brighter future.