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    Appeals Court vacates the Probate Court’s judgment of contempt

    Michael S. Molina v. Maria I. Tatakis, 11-P-841 The Appeals Court vacates the Probate Court’s judgment of contempt, which found the ex-Wife in contempt for failing to turn over certain tax forms to the ex-Husband.  The Parties were divorced in Connecticut, but both moved to Massachusetts after the divorce.  Under the original divorce agreement, Husband’s child support obligation included $307 per week, plus medical insurance and 70% of unreimbursed medical and daycare expenses.  It further required the Wife to provide certain tax documents if the Husband was current on his “child support obligation.”  By his own admission, he was $4,000 […]

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    Are you legally married? Perhaps Not!

    These days, a growing number of couples are opting out of traditional church weddings and are choosing instead to be married in less formal ceremonies, often presided over by a friend or relative rather than a priest or rabbi. That’s fine if that’s what the couple wants – but the problem is that some such weddings might not be technically valid under state law. A couple could live together for years assuming they’re legally married, and only find out otherwise much later when something unfortunate happens, such as a death or a divorce. Typically, a valid marriage requires a license, […]

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    Can I represent myself in my divorce?

    Under Massachusetts law you have the right to appear on your own behalf in a courtroom in any legal matter including divorce. However, proceeding “pro se” (literally, “for yourself”) in getting your divorce is advisable only under certain circumstances. If you and your spouse have custody disputes, if you are married and paternity of any of the children is in question, if you want support (alimony) from him/her or if there is any marital property which hasn’t already been satisfactorily divided, you are advised to hire an attorney to represent you. If the case is complicated, you do not know […]

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    How much will my divorce cost?

    There is a fee to file a divorce in Massachusetts, and to get a summons. As of 2004, the filing fee is $200.00, plus a $15.00 surcharge, and a summons costs $1.00. Notifying your spouse, called service of process, can cost around $30.00 or more if he/she lives far away. Attorney fees will vary and you will need to discuss these fees with the divorce attorney you select. If you’re considering divorce, contact our firm to schedule a initial consultation to learn your options.

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