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Starting a check list for Divorce/Separation Agreement. The first two aspects of it includes: 1. Identifying information such as the names and addresses of the parties; along with the date and place of the marriage. 2. The names and dates of birth of the children. The second provision is regarding custody. 1. That has several […]

In G.L. Ch. 210, Section 12, it allows for a petition to change a name of a person and that can be heard by Probate Court in the county where the person resides. The change of name shall be granted unless it is inconsistent with public interest. It is the idea that it is a […]

You would need to look to determine whether there is a violation of the American Disability Act in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. There have been instances where the Department of Justice has found that there can be issues, under the Massachusetts Statute that allows the court to find if a parent is unfit […]

You would file in the County you live in; which is controlled by Mass. G.L, Ch. 208, Section 6, and you will file in the Probate Court where either you or your spouse lives, unless one of you still resides in the County where you last lived together, and if that is the case, then […]

The Statute is under Mass. General Laws Ch. 208, Section 1A or Section 1B it allows the court to grant divorces for irretrievable breakdown in the marriage. It requires that the parties find that their marriage is over and there is no hope of reconciliation. If you do a “No Fault Divorce”, you can resolve […]

One of the disadvantages is that bankruptcy will impact your credit for some time. It may remain on your credit report for up to ten (1o) years. The advantages are that even though it will come on your record, the bankruptcy itself usually takes less than six (6) months. It allows you some freedom from […]

The Massachusetts SJC determined in 1998 that they were subject to a rule as a contract law and it has to be in writing. If the parties eventually marry, it is no longer valid and it would deal with post-nuptial agreements or therefore separation agreements. If children are involved, Cohabitation Agreements which were not dealt […]

In the appeals court in 2000 in Quinn vs. Quinn it was determined that parents may not bargain with the rights of their children without court approval. There is a joint petition which is under Supplemental Rule 412, which has a procedure for the judge to allow or reject reduce child support by parents after […]

If the parents are separated or divorce, the custodial parent is responsible for filling out the FAFSA or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The custodial parent for the purposes of federal student aid is the parent with whom you lived the most during the past 12 months. (The twelve-month period is the twelve-month […]

It is where the parent where the child that spends more than 50% of the time, not the custodial parent, or the parent who gets the tax deduction. It is not advisable to get creative with this because the colleges have seen it all and will know if you are lying on the financial aid […]