Decisions About Divorce


Making the decision to file for divorce is never easy, and many issues can arise during the divorce process that require the help of an expert in Massachusetts divorce law. At the Law Office of Rachel M. Matos, our team of legal professionals is prepared to offer you the highest quality legal representation and resources you need to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. To learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our clients seeking a divorce, call or contact our New Bedford office today to schedule a consultation of your case.

Exceptional Representation on Critical Divorce Issues

If you and your spouse disagree on even a single issue in your divorce, you need an experienced divorce attorney by your side to protect your interests. While disagreements can arise in many different matters, the most commonly argued divorce issues include the following:

Property Distribution

Massachusetts is an equitable distribution state, which means that the court requires spouses to split all marital property equitably, but not necessarily equally. The specifics of your case could mean that you are entitled to a greater share of the marital assets, or that your spouse is responsible for more of the marital debts, rather than an even split. Problems can also arise over how to split major marital assets, such as the family home, real estate, and other items of significant value.


Also known as spousal support, alimony requires the wealthier spouse to help the other spouse during and after marriage to become financially independent. There are four types of alimony — general term, rehabilitative, transitional, and reimbursement spousal support. The court can order one or more types of alimony in your case, which can greatly affect the overall outcome of your divorce settlement and your finances after the agreement is finalized.

Child Custody and Visitation

Often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce case is child custody and visitation. The law allows for either sole or joint physical and legal custody. Our team will aggressively fight for your rights to spend as much time as possible with your child and bring in experts to prove that it is in your child’s best interests to be with you. If you are designated as the non-custodial parent, we will fight for the maximum amount of visitation time so that you can remain a constant, positive presence in your child’s life.

Child Support

The purpose of child support is to maintain a standard of living for your child regardless of which parent he or she stays with, not to provide additional support to the custodial parent. Our team will ensure that your child receives exactly the amount necessary to provide for his or her needs at all times.

Call or Contact the Office Today

Hiring a top-quality Massachusetts divorce attorney can be the critical factor leading to the success of your divorce case. To learn more about how the Law Office of Rachel M. Matos will fight for your interests in your divorce case, call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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