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Q: What does judgment of dismissal means after filing a joint petition for divorce.
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on May 19, 2022

Your Joint Petition did not successfully go forward when heard by the Judge, hence no divorce . You should engage divorce counsel to see what was deficient or inequitable about your Separation Agreement attempt. Perhaps there was also deficiency in the documentation , e.g, Financial Statements or... Read more »

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Q: Hi I have been married for 6 years and i was wondering if i qualify for alimony.
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on May 18, 2022

Any alimony would be for 60% of the period of the marriage, so for about 43 months but the issue is ability to pay and income differential and you have not stated whether there ae any children as child support is the first consideration and effects alimony. There are also types of alimony to... Read more »

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Q: If I have property in Puerto Rico, will it be part of division in divorce filing, if you have jurisdiction in PR?

I live w/ my son in MA and my husband lives in PR, in our property. Can I get a divorce in MA, which doesn't include the property in Puerto Rico. How long can the divorce process take?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on May 4, 2022

Has husband lived in Massachusetts at all? If he never had any contacts with Massachusetts it would probably be better to contact a domestic relations practitioner there.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Hello I'm searching for answers to questions relating to divorce, disability and what constitutes neglect or a crime

I'm disabled

Epipsy, PTSD and severe panic disorder.

After a four year criminal harassment court battle with our former duplex neighbor who was found guilty my husband who witnessed the trauma and it's damage that blew through my life. He himself after vacating our home... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 28, 2022

It sounds like you need the Probate Court's intervention in the form of Temporary Orders concerning exclusivity of possession of the home and orders concerning preservation of the asset if it is a home owned by the parties and spousal support and return of the liquidated marital funds - you... Read more »

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Q: Is my ex husband responsible for child support from the time of the order or from the time DOR gets involved?

We got an order back in January. I had no idea that I had to apply for services through the DOR, I thought they just kind of did their thing. Now I finally have the DOR involved, but they said they’re only responsible from now on. Does he still owe from the 14 weeks since the order was made? Or... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 19, 2022

Yes, he owes the 14 weeks during which he neither paid MDOR nor you. You may use the MDOR to proceed with a Contempt to enforce the back child support order/calculate the arrears. You will need to complete their application for same.

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Q: Do I need my ex to sign the divorce papers?

I live in mass. I have believed I was divorced from my ex for 10 years. Papers were filled out and apparently we missed the final hearing or it went to her and she neglected to tell me.. Well now I want it done and she won’t sign papers again.. Can I just go in front of judge and explain this?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 19, 2022

Your recourse is to have a divorce complaint filed in the appropriate jurisdiction and venue and the process of divorce commenced. If the other party does not agree to a proposed separation agreement you do not have an uncontested Massachusetts 1A Joint Petition. You should have counsel as you are... Read more »

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Q: I understand Massachusetts is an equity state when it comes to divorce. Mediation has not worked after several sessions.

I am strongly weighing my decision to go to court. After doing some research online i found this example.

Now let's take another example where a young couple in their 20's gets married. They started the marriage also with next to nothing and they're married for 20 years and... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Mar 23, 2022

So, there are no guarantees as the Court makes the statutory findings concerning property division which also includes ability to acquire future capital and income differential is a factor in alimony awards. You have not stated the ages of the children as child support is also involved if they are... Read more »

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Q: Can a woman put the last name of a man she is not married to on her child's birth certificate if she is still married?

My male relative (D) is having a child with a woman (S) who is separated from her husband (K) but still legally married. Can D legally put his last name on the child's birth certificate even though S and K have not finalized their divorce?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Mar 3, 2022

The presumption is that the child is born of the marriage, but the parties can agree that the child is not of the parties along with the biological father. The prospect of paying for a child not his own is usually an inducement to cooperation by husband, but what is bio father's willingness...

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Q: My husband lives in Texas and I live in Massachusetts. The original intent was he was coming back.

Many things have transpired to get him back to texas( he was born there)

Once there we realized many secrets linked to his dad who has since died.

We are done. Best place to file

I am on disability living with my 83 y.o. parents

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 23, 2022

If he lived in Massachusetts prior to moving to Texas and you have been living here in Massachusetts, the County for the city or town where you ( and he ) were living would be where the divorce would be filed.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Military Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I apply for benefits and support to move out of the marital home with the kids before I file for divorce?

I am financially dependent on my husband. I want to leave. I have $500 SSDI a month. He is military active duty but stationed close by. We have two minor children.

Philip D. Cave
Philip D. Cave answered on Feb 22, 2022

If he is military, he is required by military law to "support his dependents."

Should you move out and you do not have a signed separation agreement, the military mandates that he must pay you a portion of his pay and allowances as support for you and the children pending the...
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Q: Need to file for divorce wife committed adultery and marriage can't go forward currently I'm not employed and in need of

legal services,

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 15, 2022

Divorce includes analysis of various statutory factors for support and property and debt division. Length of marriage, ages of the parties whether there are children and their ages, the extent and source of assets, comparative income and ability to earn and acquire future capital are among the... Read more »

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Q: Wife filed for divorce in 2019. What to do to finalize divorce? Husband pays child support for 2 kids

My friends wife filed for divorce, 1B. For covid reason, all hearings were postponed. They had only one zoom hearing 6.06.2021. Judge's decision was for them to get agreement and to provide a paper how they both are going to care of kids. Judge gave them 30 days. Until now wife did not respond... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 20, 2022

If the children are unemancipated or minors then there would be child support anyway. The real point is you want to conclude your divorce. You have not stated what type of hearing you had via Zoom. It could have been a pretrial conference and perhaps a trial date is next. Really you seem to need... Read more »

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Q: inheritance placed in a joint account considered marital property in a divorce?

Mother-in-law passed away Jan 2020. Wife had inheritance but did not receive the money until Dec 2021 but placed in a joint account with me. Wife asked for a divorce in Nov 2021 but we are not yet divorced. Is the inheritance, now in a joint account, considered marital property?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 13, 2022

In Massachusetts all assets are subject to property division and this would include the inheritance recently received by your wife. Depending upon the statutory application however, which includes length of marriage, marital contributions, relative need, ability to acquire future capital, age,... Read more »

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Q: asking for my daughter who is in a bad situation in a marriage with a 2 year old and cannot afford a lawyer

not sure if this question got through previously but my daughter is in a very emotionally abusive situation with a husband of almost 6 years that has complete control over all assets and resources and has a young girlfriend that he stays with during the week in another part of MA. Since everything... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 23, 2021

There are pro bono attorneys such as through the Volunteer Lawyers project of the Boston Bar Association and the major law schools have law clinics which may be a route. She has obvioulsy rights not to be abused and there would be child support orders for the child. If this is a brief marriage... Read more »

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Q: If I am the sole manager of an LLC with an asset (property), during a divorce would that company (and asset) be jeopard?
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Nov 10, 2021

Assuming this is a Massachusetts divorce and if your question is whether your interest in the LLC is an asset to be divided by the Probate & Family Court in property division in a divorce, yes is the answer. However, the allocation by the court still depends on the statutory factors so... Read more »

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Q: Spousal support Asked in no fault divorce In Mass by affluential husband (earning nearly 200k)unnecessarily

My 6 figure earning husband is asking for spousal support from me after filing no fault divorce in Mass. He deserted me 2 yrs ago and we were only married for 1.5 yrs married (no kids, no property, no joint money). He is well educated and has fancy tech job. As a woman, i was told that i cant ask... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Oct 7, 2021

Spousal support/alimony is statutory and limited by length of marriage and time cohabiting prior to same as well as income differential based on your facts as you have presented it does not look like a viable claim. However, you should still be represented by counsel in a divorce proceeding ,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Immigration Law and Federal Crimes for Massachusetts on
Q: 2 years ago, my friend married a guy but he's using her for the green card. How can I report him anonymously?

This guy is from Haiti. He has been staying on the tourist visa and he seduced my friend to married him. He has a kid with her now: a 2 years old daughter.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Oct 3, 2021

More information is needed, but it cannot come from her. You have no affirmative duty nor direct evidence of fraud by the husband! Strangely, you ‘may know’ more incriminating facts about her!

It reads more like, she ‘seems to want’ out of a marital relationship that appears to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Immigration does not recognize 1991 divorce from the DR. Does he have to get a divorce here in MA to be recognized?

Both husband and wife did not have a domicile in DR at the time of the divorce. Now in 2021, he is trying to remarry but immigration states before getting married to someone else he needs proof that one or both needed to reside in the Dominican Republic of which neither lived in DR. Is there... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 10, 2021

It certainly presents a problem as if the USCIS does not recognize that DR dissolution of marriage then any attempt to marry a person in the United States would create an allegation of polygamy (being married to two or more people a the same time).

It definitely needs to be properly completed.

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Q: My dad was to receive a portion of my mother’s retirement after they divorced. My father passed before she retired. Wha
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 7, 2021

Are you the Personal Rep for his estate? If so ,Was there a QDRO? The terms of the QDRO should be reviewed along with the Divorce/Separation Agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: am I entitled to half our house if bought 5 months before wedding?

We have been a couple for 20 years, married 14 years. We lived together for 5 years prior to buying a house 5 months before our wedding. The house was initially in his name because he had better credit at the time. We refinanced recently and I am secondary on the mortgage. Am I entitled to half?

Anthony C. Adamopoulos
Anthony C. Adamopoulos answered on Aug 26, 2021

Maybe, it depends on all of the factors surrounding your divorce and living together prior to marriage. The Judge must consider about 15 factors then decide what an equitable division of all the assets would be.

You want to consult with an experience divorce attorney who will review the...
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