This is relatively new. It used to be that you would need to hire your own attorney, then only in DCF cases, criminal cases or other cases when an attorney be appointed, but now there have been a larger number of attorneys being appointed for both parents and children. It is not automatic, and somebody […]
It is called Care and Protection of Walt. It is a 2017 decision where DCF needs to make reasonable efforts to avoid removal of children and to reunify families after the children are removed. The Juvenile Court needs to enforce these requirements through reasonable efforts and it has significant ability to order DCF to provide […]
Arrive on time. Many times, people do not give enough time to find parking, to go through medal detectors, it might not take a cell phone; which in most courts they do not allow, and you may have to go back to the car. So, giving yourself plenty of time this is very important you […]
The spouse paying alimony has been able to deduct the amount paid on his/her tax return and the spouse receiving it must report as income. However, for future divorce actions beginning in 2019 the spouse paying the alimony will not be able to deduct it and spouse receiving it will not have to report alimony […]
Can I negotiate to give my spouse custody in exchange for no child support? Massachusetts you are not able to legally waive custody in exchange for child support in almost all cases. There is an exception if there is an adoption by a step-parent. Generally, child support considers the child not the parents. In addition, […]
Generally, Massachusetts does not have jurisdiction until the child has been living there for a least 6 months. There are exceptions; including if there is a present danger, the child’s safety or well being or the safeguard of the child, but generally 6 months.
If the parents are unmarried, the mother has the sole, legal and physical custody of the child until the Court orders otherwise. However, if the parents are married, both parties share legal custody of the child and have equal rights to parenting time until the Court orders otherwise; or they agree to custody or parenting […]
There has been some controversy and there have been arguments in some cases, military veterans maybe able to avoid convictions for driving under the influence because of the recognition of the impact being in the military. The SJC in Massachusetts made that determination where there are very limited exceptions for returning military members where judges […]