Massachusetts does not allow on-line or internet divorces. Marriages are created by the granting of a license by the state and can only be terminated by state action. In divorces, the state is represented by a Judge of the Probate and Family Court who must hear evidence and make findings before granting a divorce. The judge must find that the terms of the divorce are fair and equitable. Even if the parties have an agreement or a settlement, they must still appear before a judge and present evidence. A Judge must find that any children are protected in the settlement. Children are viewed as incompetent and courts have the duty to protect incompetents.
Any person who represents that a
divorce can be obtained over the internet is committing a crime in
Massachusetts and, if convicted, can be punished by inprisonment.
Masschusetts General Laws c. 208, § 44 punishes any person who claims
to grant a divorce other than a Judge. Masschusetts General Laws
c. 208, § 42 punishes any person who procures or assists someone in
obtaining a false or counterfeit divorce. Only attorneys can assist people to obtain divorces. If you live in Massachusetts and want to get divorced consult an experienced divorce attorney.