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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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    Massachusetts Alimony Reform Law

    On September 26, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Alimony Reform into law. Following the trend of other states, this new Massachusetts law clearly sets out different kinds of alimony, including setting alimony term limits, where the ex-spouse is expected to become self-sufficient within a certain time period. 1. Alimony Term Limits  Long-term marriages (more than 20 years): Alimony will end at retirement age as defined by the Social Security Act. 5 years or less: Maximum Alimony term is 50% of the number of months of marriage. 10 years or less but greater than 5 years: Maximum Alimony term is […]

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    Divorce Thoughts – Choosing your divorce attorney

    Don’t listen to everyone Each divorce case is different and each divorce is unique. Spend some time with a few different divorce attorneys before you make a decision and find the one whom you feel most comfortable. A long term marriage with children usually results in child support and/or alimony however that is not always the case. There is not an always in Probate Court, if you are a working spouse or a homemaker, find the right attorney for you. Many times with enough work the amount of alimony can increase, decrease or not be awarded. Many times the child […]

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