Under the law, if a judge hears from one spouse testimony that a marriage is over, the judge is obligated to find that there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. It takes two people to make a marriage work. If one person believes the marriage is broken down, then the judge will make that finding and enter a Judgment Nisi or a Judgment of Divorce. In Massachusetts, after a hearing on the merits of divorce a Judgment Nisi is entered. The divorce will not be final for 90 days from the date of the hearing on the merits.
A judge will not order the couple to engage in marriage counseling, but may ask if counseling was attempted.