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If there is an Order for Visitation with the other Parent, but the Children do not want to go, does that mean that I do not have to bring them to the Visit?  No.  If there is a Court Order, you can be found in contempt of court and just because a child does not […]

In marriages, it is not uncommon for couples to have conflicting views about their children participating in sports. Such disputes can be based on factors like finances, time constraints, and concern about injury. With divorce these disagreements can be magnified and lead to litigation and addition emotional upset. The best way to avoid such problems […]

If I bought something in my Name does that mean that it is mine in a Massachusetts Divorce Case?  No.  It does not mean that you have 100% ownership.  They consider it joint marital property, so even if you buy a car, boat or a home just because you bought it does not mean that […]

Yes.  There is a court hearing even if there is a full Agreement and the divorce is uncontested. The Judge has to find that the Agreement is “fair and reasonable” and that the children are protected appropriately. You do need to go in front of the Judge. It is the quickest way to be able […]

What can the Courts do if I can show that my soon to be Ex-Spouse had bad behavior such as cheating on me, drinking or drug use?  In Massachusetts there is an aspect of division of marital assets that can include the conduct of the parties during the marriage. However, the Courts do not put […]

In Massachusetts what is the Different in a Divorce Proceeding between a Plaintiff, Defendant or Petitioner? In Massachusetts the person who files a divorce that is “Contested” is called the “Plaintiff”.  The party who is served the divorce is called a “Defendant” (not to be too confusing, but the Defendant can file not only an […]

You can file a contempt of court.  You can ask for attorney’s fees; possibly ask for a wage assignment coming directly from your ex’s employer and you can ask for your attorney’s fees to be paid if your spouse is found to be in contempt of court.

Are there Formulas or Guidelines to determine Alimony like Child Support Cases?  The answer in Massachusetts is no.  There are not any formulas or guidelines that the courts are to use like child support matters where the Judge must make a finding plus or minus 2% points if they don’t follow the child support guidelines. […]

What is Alimony?  Alimony or spousal support is the amount that one party may pay the other in a divorce action.  Massachusetts will often call it spousal support. In Divorce Cases is there always an Order of Alimony?  In Massachusetts there is not always an order of alimony, it depends on the financial circumstances of […]

What is DYS in Massachusetts? DYS stands for the Department of Youth Services; which in Juvenile Court is a Juvenile Justice Agency and a directional facility.  It operates a variety of services not just secured locked facilities, but also a variety of different delinquency prevention substance abuse and other aspects. What is DCF? DCF is […]