Spouses who would like to get a divorce may be unsure about what the basic legal steps are. To begin, both parties must be legal residents of Massachusetts in order to get a divorce there. As long as that requirement is met, a spouse may file a petition for divorce citing fault or no-fault grounds.
When an individual files the divorce papers, copies of those papers must be mailed to or otherwise served on their spouse. If the recipient wishes to object to any of the information in the divorce papers, they will have an opportunity to contest the divorce by filing their own papers. If the recipient has no objections to the information, they will simply sign the paperwork and mail it back.