Child Support in Massachusetts

In a Massachusetts divorce, one parent may be ordered by the court to pay child support. Under Massachusetts law, both parents are required to support their children—and this is true regardless of marital status (whether the parents are married, divorced, separated, or were never married). The parent the child lives with is termed the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent may be required to pay child support. Child support is complicated, but there are several things you should know. One, child support may be used to pay for housing, food, clothing, education, and insurance and medical costs. Two, if one parent has received an order for child support and the other parent is not paying it, payment can be compelled. The procedure is to file a Complaint for Contempt with the appropriate Court. This means that, if the other parent does not obey the child support order, he or she can
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Can the court modify a separation agreement without the parties asking for it in a divorce

My ex is suppose to pay for college, what if he doesn’t? The court has the power to modify certain portions of separation agreements that are merged into the separation agreement and to which the court has continued jurisdiction over, however someone needs to make a motion to the court and show a reason. Hope this helps. take care. Our  Natick divorce attorneys serve the Boston, Massachusetts, area from offices in downtown Boston, and the Boston Metrowest offices in Framingham and Dover. Our clients come to us from communities such as Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Braintree, Cambridge, Canton, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Milton, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Southborough, Sudbury, Quincy, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, and all other towns in Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Essex County and Suffolk County.
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I read online that my husband can be forced to pay my legal

something called motion pendente lite for fees, can i give a lawyer half and get the other half from my husband? I am really worried about having to file on Monday. In some cases you may retain an attorney under the new limited appearance rules and he or she can file the divorce, along with a motion for temporary orders using the money that you have, then if you need more money or the attny needs more money he or she can file a motion for legal fees if necessary. It sounds like you have enough to retain a good attorney from your other questions so the real issue may be what if you run out of money? Well if you do you can file that motion later on or asked for an advance against the marital estate. Our  Dover MA divorce attorneys serve the Boston, Massachusetts, area from offices
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How long will I need to spend in divorce court on the first date?

I have heard stories that you can spend all day in court and who will watch my children? It appears that you will be in Norfolk Probate court. On your first appearance most likely you will be sent to family services/probation dept, that is on the third floor, there you will check in and a probation officer will meet with you to discuss what you are there for and to help resolve the issues and minimize the matters before the judges so that the judges are not overwhelmed. So, the earlier you get there and the more prepared you are the faster you will be called. We ensure that our clients have their financial statements fully prepared, an envelope for the court typed and the initial intake that is required filled out, if your husband’s attorney is equally prepared then the variable is the line, first in first called, if
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Do I need to have a forensic accounting done in my divorce?

My divorce attorney tells me that we need a forensic accounting done, but I am losing faith in her. I know that my husbands business is small, it’s just a consulting gig for small businesses in Boston Metrowest, his full time job is corporate and he is a w2 employee with benefits. It doesn’t sound like the costs will benefit your outcome. Use your common sense and you will be fine. Take care. Our  Boston Metrowest divorce attorneys serve the Boston, Massachusetts, area from offices in downtown Boston, and the Boston Metrowest offices in Framingham and Dover. Our clients come to us from communities such as Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Braintree, Cambridge, Canton, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Milton, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Southborough, Sudbury, Quincy, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, and all other towns in Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Essex County and
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In my divorce agreement it says that if one party…

breaches or something like that the agreement, the other side has to pay the legal fees, thankfully, I have plenty of money to pay for a lawyer now, god knows i paid plenty before, but it was worth it, but i like the idea of him having to pay so maybe he won’t continue to lie and hide money. I hate going to court, it is demeaning, what are my chance of getting that money just to hurt him? I completely agree with you that although you may be able to afford the legal, if he has to write you a check, it does sting and it may prevent him from hiding income in the future- the caveat is how much- if he is making an extra 100k per year and you only uncover 10k, his cost of legal of 10k will step net him a before tax advantage of
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Getting Divorced in Massachusetts

Our total marital estate is about 2.5 million which includes one house in Needham with no mortgage and Westport home with 100k on the mortgage, absent that, no debt- what should I expect the max a divorce will cost with an divorce lawyer on both sides? A divorce attorney who will not throw fuel on the fire or create discovery unnecessarily nor be combative or aggressive without cause, if you can find two of those, the divorce in total can cost as little as $3000.00 if it is mostly collaborative to $15,0000.00 if there is a bit of contention. However if either of you finds one of the angry type lawyers who take out their own personal agenda on cases and make sure to bill bill bill, you each can pay 50k and up. Do your homework, don’t pay for a consult, don’t abuse the lawyers time during the consult
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Does it matter who files a divorce first me or my husband?

I was told by another divorce attorney in Newton to let him file first. This is a matter of strategy and personal opinion, however if the divorce is contentious and you need temporary orders for child support or spousal support (alimony) then you should file first. Also and I think very important you get to speak first in court if your motions are first and you can set the pace and the tone of the process. You can take back control of your life if it has been stalled and you can regain control of your future. I like filing first if we are going to court. Take care and good luck. The Newton divorce lawyers at our firm serve the Boston, Massachusetts, area from offices in downtown Boston, and the Boston Metrowest offices in Framingham and Dover. Our clients come to us from communities such as Acton, Arlington, Ashland,
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I feel stuck and don’t know where to file for divorce, in Massachusetts or NH?

I was married in Wellesley Ma, that is where I grew up and where my mom and dad live, I then moved to NH to live with my new husband for about 6 weeks, but he changed and it didn’t work out, I moved back home to Wellesley and then we went to marriage counseling in Boston, during that time, he got worse and physically abusive, so i knew we were done, i never went back to NH and want to file for a divorce. Can I file here in Ma, I was never a citizen of NH. Tough question because of the jurisdictional and residency requirements. It sounds like you really didn’t establish residency in NH yet because you hadn’t lived there for 6 months and you were married in Ma. However you last lived together as husband and wife in NH. I will have to defer to my
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Massachusetts Alimony Reform Law

On September 26, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Alimony Reform into law. Following the trend of other states, this new Massachusetts law clearly sets out different kinds of alimony, including setting alimony term limits, where the ex-spouse is expected to become self-sufficient within a certain time period. 1. Alimony Term Limits  Long-term marriages (more than 20 years): Alimony will end at retirement age as defined by the Social Security Act. 5 years or less: Maximum Alimony term is 50% of the number of months of marriage. 10 years or less but greater than 5 years: Maximum Alimony term is 60% of the number of months of marriage. 15 years or less but greater than 10 years: Maximum Alimony term is 70% of the number of months of marriage. 20 years or less but greater than 15 years: Maximum Alimony term is 80% of the number of months of marriage.
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