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    Once I file for divorce with the court, how long is it before I get a trial date?

    Each divorce case is unique and the answer to this question depends on many factors such as: which grounds you are using; how rapidly or slowly you are able to complete each step in the process; how long it takes to find and serve your spouse; if your spouse’s address is unknown, serving him/her will take longer; how complete and accurate your papers are; how busy and back logged the court is; whether your spouse contests or disagrees any part of the divorce; and whether there are temporary orders or negotiations in process. There is generally a twenty day waiting […]

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    When should I go to court for my divorce?

    Going to court too quickly can often create more litigation in your divorce. In making your decision to live apart, to divorce or to contest certain issues, weigh the price you will pay with your time, emotional pain and money. Each divorce case is unique. When children are involved, your relationship with your spouse does not end with the separation or divorce. You probably, but not necessarily, will continue to have contact with him/her regarding support, visitation, and other parental responsibilities. You both will be grandparents of your children’s children. If it is appropriate in your situation, for the sake […]

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    What are the requirements for filing a divorce in Massachusetts?

    You may file for divorce in Massachusetts if:    you have lived here for a year, or  the conduct that is the reason for divorce occurred in Massachusetts and you lived as a married couple in Massachusetts, regardless of where your spouse now lives, or even if his/her address is unknown.  You file a divorce in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in the county where you and your spouse last lived together if either of you still lives in that county. If neither of you lives in the county where you last lived together, you may file in the […]

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    Can the court modify a separation agreement without the parties asking for it in a divorce

    My ex is suppose to pay for college, what if he doesn’t? The court has the power to modify certain portions of separation agreements that are merged into the separation agreement and to which the court has continued jurisdiction over, however someone needs to make a motion to the court and show a reason. Hope this helps. take care. Our  Natick divorce attorneys serve the Boston, Massachusetts, area from offices in downtown Boston, and the Boston Metrowest offices in Framingham and Dover. Our clients come to us from communities such as Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Braintree, Cambridge, Canton, Concord, Dedham, Dover, […]

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    I read online that my husband can be forced to pay my legal

    something called motion pendente lite for fees, can i give a lawyer half and get the other half from my husband? I am really worried about having to file on Monday. In some cases you may retain an attorney under the new limited appearance rules and he or she can file the divorce, along with a motion for temporary orders using the money that you have, then if you need more money or the attny needs more money he or she can file a motion for legal fees if necessary. It sounds like you have enough to retain a good […]

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    How long will I need to spend in divorce court on the first date?

    I have heard stories that you can spend all day in court and who will watch my children? It appears that you will be in Norfolk Probate court. On your first appearance most likely you will be sent to family services/probation dept, that is on the third floor, there you will check in and a probation officer will meet with you to discuss what you are there for and to help resolve the issues and minimize the matters before the judges so that the judges are not overwhelmed. So, the earlier you get there and the more prepared you are […]

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    Do I need to have a forensic accounting done in my divorce?

    My divorce attorney tells me that we need a forensic accounting done, but I am losing faith in her. I know that my husbands business is small, it’s just a consulting gig for small businesses in Boston Metrowest, his full time job is corporate and he is a w2 employee with benefits. It doesn’t sound like the costs will benefit your outcome. Use your common sense and you will be fine. Take care. Our  Boston Metrowest divorce attorneys serve the Boston, Massachusetts, area from offices in downtown Boston, and the Boston Metrowest offices in Framingham and Dover. Our clients come […]

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    Getting Divorced in Massachusetts

    Our total marital estate is about 2.5 million which includes one house in Needham with no mortgage and Westport home with 100k on the mortgage, absent that, no debt- what should I expect the max a divorce will cost with an divorce lawyer on both sides? A divorce attorney who will not throw fuel on the fire or create discovery unnecessarily nor be combative or aggressive without cause, if you can find two of those, the divorce in total can cost as little as $3000.00 if it is mostly collaborative to $15,0000.00 if there is a bit of contention. However […]

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    Does it matter who files a divorce first me or my husband?

    I was told by another divorce attorney in Newton to let him file first. This is a matter of strategy and personal opinion, however if the divorce is contentious and you need temporary orders for child support or spousal support (alimony) then you should file first. Also and I think very important you get to speak first in court if your motions are first and you can set the pace and the tone of the process. You can take back control of your life if it has been stalled and you can regain control of your future. I like filing […]

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    I feel stuck and don’t know where to file for divorce, in Massachusetts or NH?

    I was married in Wellesley Ma, that is where I grew up and where my mom and dad live, I then moved to NH to live with my new husband for about 6 weeks, but he changed and it didn’t work out, I moved back home to Wellesley and then we went to marriage counseling in Boston, during that time, he got worse and physically abusive, so i knew we were done, i never went back to NH and want to file for a divorce. Can I file here in Ma, I was never a citizen of NH. Tough question […]

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