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    How can I take control of my financial life after my divorce?

    As published by Morgan Stanley – Read entire article (PDF). Divorce is seldom easy for anyone involved. Still, there are steps you can take now that may make the process less stressful and help simplify your life when the divorce is finalized. The more you know about the divorce process and your legal and financial options, the better equipped you will be to pursue your goals and protect your best interests. The information included here can help you start to think through key issues. Remember, though, that a competent attorney is essential, and a knowledgeable Financial Advisor can help you […]

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    Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines – Effective August 1, 2013

    Massachusetts has revised the Child Support Guidelines with the new guidelines taking effect on August 1, 2013. The guidelines adjust the formula for child support and provides judges a little more use of their discretion in determining the total amount of income from both parties. Read the new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.

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    Lewis Leeper Offers Clients New Mobile App

    Lewis Leeper is pleased to announce our new mobile app designed to engage and stay connected with our clients. Our custom app was developed by the folks at AttorneyConnect LLC and is available to download in the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store. We remain at the forefront of technology and innovation and we are committed to serving our clients with unparalleled legal representation and client service. Our new mobile application provides clients with direct access to us as well as provides useful information, tools, and helpful resources. We encourage our clients, colleagues, and friends to download our […]

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    What Could the New Immigration Bill Mean for Me?

    Our Massachusetts Immigration Attorneys Provide Answers On April 16, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced an immigration reform bill that could change the lives of thousands of immigrants in Massachusetts, not to mention millions across the nation. The bill addresses a number of key issues in the immigration debate, including legalization for the country’s undocumented population. The legislation proposes a 13-year path to citizenship, which, among other requirements, calls for immigrants to undergo background checks, pay fines and learn English. Immigrants currently in the U.S. without authorization and who were in the country before December 31, 2011, may be […]

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    How do I initiate a divorce?

    Additional Info: I am married and want a divorce from a alcoholic. He doesn’t want to leave. Is there anything I can do to make him leave legally? You can initiate an action in the Superior Court and in that action ask for your husband to vacate the marital home. If you feel that your safety, or that of your children, is at issue, you can apply for a restraining order through the Superior Court or county courthouse. Good luck.

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    Is his debt my debt when we divorce?

    Additional Information: If I get divorced, will I still have to pay for his debt? Even though it was all his debt? Will I be able to keep the house?  Married 8 years, no children, he worked off and on and has debt in many credit cards. I transferred balance from 3 of his credit cards to my credit card for a lower interest rate. He told me he was going to pay them but he hasn’t. We have a condo in Ashland. I put $15,000 cash down, his contribution was on credit, now he says that his debt is […]

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    Want to get divorced but my husband will not sign the papers.

    Additional Information: I am filing for divorce from my husband. How long will it take to get the divorce if he is refusing to sign the papers? My husband left me December 2011. We have no assets together, we rent a house in Framingham. We’ve been married for 19 years with two children ages 17 and 15. ATTORNEY ANSWER: I am sorry that you are going through this, the fact that he is refusing to cooperate will slow down the process, but he cannot permanently stop it. The more you can get him to cooperate the faster it will be. […]

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    How do I go about getting my ex-husband off the deed to the house?

    Additional Information: In the divorce agreement, he gave me our house in Dover, in return I didn’t touch his pension now I’m trying to get a home equity loan cannot do it while his name is on the deed so am trying to find out how to get his name off the deed. ATTORNEY ANSWER: This process is very common and it is very simple, he needs to sign a quitclaim deed which is a copy of your old deed which states he is giving you the property and taking his name off of it. Most of the time it […]

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    When Can I Get Remarried?

    Fortunately, most states do not currently  require a person or persons to have a  “remarriage” waiting period after a divorce, but some states will allow a judge to create one in certain cases. Should you remarry during this time period, then the new marriage would generally be considered voidable, meaning that either party to the new marriage could ask to have said marriage declared invalid. Some states may require remarriage waiting periods during which both parties may appeal the divorce decree.

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    I am a single mom and would like to move to Boston.

    Additional Information: I would like to move to Boston where my new husband will be. I have a 1 and a half year old whose father rarely sees her and there is no child support order. I told him I wouldn’t take him for support because he is already paying $1000 month for another child. (He and I were never married.) What do I need to do as far as custody rights so that we can move to Boston? ATTORNEY ANSWER: I am sorry that you are going through this and I hope that your new relationship works out. Right […]

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