Divorce and division of property without going through courts?

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We live in Massachusetts. I’ve been married for nearly 21 years. We have a house and lots of “stuff”. My wife wants a quick divorce and wants to work out division of property without courts. Our youngest child will be 18 in a couple months. It sounds like it may work if you’ve been married for 2 years and have no property to speak of but questionable for a couple like us.


You have a number of options to get divorced fairly quickly and amicably in Massachusetts. You can consider divorce mediation where the two of you would meet with a trained neutral professional lawyer/mediator who would discuss with you all the issues you need to agree upon in coming to a comprehensive divorce agreement. The two of you would be able to work out your property division and other legal issues on your own without court intervention.