- “Spouses must have lived together in MA as husband and wife,”
- The plaintiff (the person petitioning) “must have lived in MA at least one year,
- The actions/inactions that have brought about this divorce action must have occurred in MA, and
- If the causal actions/inactions happened in another state, the spouses must have “lived together in MA,” and at least one spouse has to be an MA resident.
Massachusetts courts also requires a “ninety-day waiting period” after filing, and before the divorce action can go forward.