There is hope after divorce - and Springfield, MA divorce lawyer Brittany J. Smith can help see you through this challenging time in your life.
A dedicated divorce attorney with extensive experience handling family law matters, Brittany J. Smith understands what you're going through. She and her team can help you with every divorce-related matter, including:
Understanding the divorce process in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, you need a certified Marriage Certificate to file for divorce. If both parties agree on every issue, you can file an Uncontested Petition with a Full Agreement; when the parties disagree, you need to file a Contested Petition. Uncontested divorces become final 120 days after the date of the court hearing, with any legal name change going into effect 30 days after the hearing date.
Contested divorces vary significantly in timeframe depending on the number and complexity of issues that are contested, typically between eight and 14 months. The divorce becomes final 90 days after the date of the final court hearing.
Massachusetts law also requires divorcing or separating parents (including parents who were never married) to complete a parenting course prior to the final court hearing in cases where there is one or more child under the age of 18. These classes are intended to help parents understand and handle the challenges that separation poses to their families and address the stress that children may experience as a result of the separation. You can learn more about parenting classes here.
We're here to help, every step of the way
A divorce is a complex legal process, involving not only your marital status but also finances, property, insurance and often children. A proven fighter in negotiations and in court, attorney Brittany J. Smith will advocate for your needs and your interests throughout that process. Divorce doesn't have to be contentious. In most cases these matters can be resolved through a negotiated settlement or mediation. In the event, however, that your case goes to trial, Brittany J. Smith is an experienced litigator who will fight for you with integrity and vigor every step of the way.
Divorce may be a complex legal matter, but it's never just a legal matter. It's not about beating someone else. It's about putting your life and your family's life back together. That's where a compassionate attorney focused on finding solutions can make a real difference. From the day you separate to the day your divorce is finalized - and beyond - attorney Brittany J. Smith and her team will be there for you.
Comprehensive, compassionate and committed representation
Your separation touches every aspect of your life, and you need an attorney who will listen to your needs and help you find the right solutions for your individual situation. Brittany J. Smith understands what you're going through, and she's here to help with every aspect of the process. As a licensed real estate broker in addition to being an attorney, she is uniquely qualified to help you negotiate issues concerning the marital home and other real property. Based upon her years of experience working with both mothers and fathers going through divorces, she can help you find the best possible outcome for your family and your children.
Divorce is a deeply personal matter. Choose a lawyer who will take the time to get to know you as a person, not just a case file. Choose the Law Office of Brittany J. Smith.
Springfield's trusted source for divorce representation
When you're going through a difficult divorce - and every divorce is difficult - the last thing you need is to go it alone. You need an attorney. More importantly, you need the right attorney. You need someone with compassion and integrity, someone who will be honest with you and who holds herself to the highest ethical standards.
You need attorney Brittany J. Smith and her team on your side. Contact us online or call (413) 781-7170.