Family Law

Experienced Family Lawyers and Divorce Attorneys in Northampton, MA

Divorce and separation are challenging life experiences for all parties involved. The emotional toll of this trying time is difficult enough, but negotiating the personal, financial, legal, and bureaucratic challenges of divorce can be an even more daunting task. If you are in the process of getting divorced or legally separated in Northampton Massachusetts, it can be immensely helpful to have an experienced family law lawyer representing your interests.  Attorney Bernadette Stark has years of experience negotiating, mediating, and litigating divorce, separate support and all types of domestic relations cases.  Dinsmore Stark can help you complete the sometimes complicated litigation required to quickly and efficiently finalize your divorce in Northampton and move forward with your life.

Massachusetts Divorce Procedures

In Massachusetts one can file a contested or an uncontested divorce, depending on whether the parties have a mutual intent to divorce. The courts require clear documentation and have very specific requirements for how these documents are to be presented. Understanding and negotiating the requirements of these forms can sometimes be challenging. Contested divorce in Massachusetts is divided into fault and no fault divorce. A no-fault divorce refers to a case where the marriage has simply broken down. A fault divorce occurs if one party was subject to cruel or abusive treatment, desertion, one partner’s confinement in a penal institution, intoxication, failure to provide adequate support, adultery, or impotency.  A family law lawyer in the city of Northampton MA, Bernadette Stark can help you determine the best way to file. Attorney Stark has the experience to help you negotiate the complex legal issues that face individuals during this tough time.

In addition to submitting required documentation to the courts, affected parties will also need to determine whether other forms are required. In some cases, filing fees for these forms can be waived. If there are children involved, a worksheet for child support will need to be completed. Both parents will also be required to participate in a court-approved parenting education program, if they have children. A separation agreement must also be completed along with the required paperwork. This agreement must outline how marital property will be divided and whether alimony will be paid. Parties must also provide financial statements to the courts.

Gathering the required documentation and presenting information in a clear manner can be a complicated process. If you plan to get divorced in Northampton Massachusetts, a divorce lawyer can save you time and energy and help you to more quickly start your new life.

Dinsmore Stark: Providing the Integrity, Compassion, and Counsel that Will Help You Move Forward

Whether you are facing a complex financial dispute, or require mediation to file documentation effectively and in a timely manner, Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law can help.  Attorney Bernadette Stark has the years of experience and compassion necessary to be a strong advocate for her clients and she has successfully negotiated the unique challenges that arise in family law cases in Northampton, MA.  Further, having a local attorney who is extremely familiar with the local courts and judges and who understands the complex social and legal challenges clients face in our local family law courts in an invaluable asset in resolving a divorce.

If you require legal counsel or a divorce attorney in Northampton MA, contact Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law today for a consultation.

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Raymond Dinsmore

Attorneys At Law

Raymond Dinsmore is partner in the law firm of Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys At Law. Mr. Dinsmore specializes is plaintiff’s employment law and plaintiff’s personal injury. He also serves as a Special Prosecutor to Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the field of lead paint law enforcement.

Bernadette Stark

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Bernadette Stark is a founding partner of Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys At Law, practicing primarily in the area of Family Law. Attorney Stark received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School in 2001.

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