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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: How to prevent college support when not in current order where no relationship exists? (Parental Alienation)

Massachusetts. Children. No Physical custody, No relationship exists. Joint Legal custody. Mother has alienated and isolated father from children's lives. Children are reaching age of college. Father is not in a financial position to support college and also does not desire to support college... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jul 20, 2021

The Court will be aware of he Contempt filings and you should pursue them if you have not obtained Summonses with hearing dates , make contact with the Court. The Court would determine child support and college contributions of the parties and can consider the overall circumstances. However, be... Read more »

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Q: The father of my child doesn't pay child support and he is also not on the birth certificate.

He has never met his child and we have had zero contact. I am just curious as to what some of my options might be going forward.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 21, 2021

You can commence a Paternity action and seek support orders; both parties have the duty to support their child and if there are public benefits involved, the government has the ability to go forward to seek paternity adjudication regardless of whether you are interested in pursuing the matter.

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Q: Family/Divorce: Hi, I am finalizing divorce in Canada but we are both Americans. Can my ex file for divorce in US?

How to protect my parenting rights agreed on if in different jurisdiction?

We are relocating to US, different states!

Thanks

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 4, 2021

If the children were not living in Massachusetts for the last 6 months or more, Massachusetts would not have jurisdiction of the children unless the parties agree or agreed that Massachusetts would have jurisdiction .

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: If divorced parents were approved to withhold child support, can a support order be modified saying they did not pay?

If there is a uniform support order, and divorce was mediated and both parents waived having one pay child support, with notations by the Judge in the order, can another person modify the order stating that the parent didn't ever pay child support? The parent who supported is deceased.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 2, 2021

This is a very confusing question , particularly if a Modification is being sought against an estate? If there is not an order of child support, is there an order relative to life insurance?

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Q: If I receive a child support payment that is above the required weekly amount does that mean I need to wait?

He filed bankruptcy so he won't have to pay arrears ($15k+) for like 7yrs. A condition of that is he is required to make each weekly payment($100 -ordered when child was 3 and he's 12 with not one cost of living increase), without fail. Several weeks back, I received an amount over the... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on May 7, 2021

You should contact MA DOR - Child Support Enforcement Division to confirm, but your ongoing payments should not be impacted by any overpayments if there is an arrears balance. Any overpayment should be applied to the oldest outstanding payment. It is possible he received a tax return that was... Read more »

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Q: I filed for child support online months ago & I still haven’t heard anything or received anything. What’s next?

My daughter is four. Her dad hasn’t paid anything since she was maybe one. Barely sees her. Maybe once a month; some months, never. I’ve never done this before so I don’t know what to do next other than wait. He received something in the mail & did nothing. I still haven’t heard... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on May 3, 2021

If there was a prior order for child support that the dad isn't following, you could file a Complaint for Contempt. If there was no prior order, you would need to file a Complaint to Establish Paternity or a Complaint for Custody Support and Parenting Time.

You can contact the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Can my son's biological dad go to court for rights and visitation if he isn't in my son's birth certificate?

He never wanted the baby, then i got married and my husband recognized my son as his own, so legally my husband is my son's dad.

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Apr 2, 2021

If by legally you mean that your husband adopted your son and your husband's name is on the birth certificate, I don't think the biological father can do anything because he would have been notified about the adoption. If your husband isn't on the birth certificate then the... Read more »

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Q: I am trying to figure out which state Florida or Mass I will have to go through to end paying child support for my son.

My son is 19 and will be finishing school soon. Child support was started in Florida in 2012 but due there being a paternity file that was started in Massachusetts on 12/2002 the amount of support i pay is based on Massachusetts calculations. So I am not sure if I will need to be going to... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Apr 1, 2021

That is a tough one without looking at the actual order. I would recommend talking to an attorney in Florida if there is an order out of Florida that your child support is based on. It could be that it is enforcing a Massachusetts order, but I think Florida is the right place to start.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Support, Employment Discrimination and Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: How to go forward with a judge that works with my husband for 20 years ruled against me and my husband told me he would
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Mar 1, 2021

Are you pro se? Did you tell your attorney this ? A Motion to Recuse is the usual method of proceeding when there is an association between either party and the Judge or an appearance of conflict even it is a good idea for the Judge to recuse.

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Q: I want a divorce. I live in Massachusetts, My husband left to PR and thought I would follow, but I said no. How to file?

We own a house in PR. I have my youngest son (16) living w/me at my sister’s. I had to abandon my apartment. I can’t afford rent on my own. Can I file in MA vs PR. He left in Oct 2020.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 26, 2021

It sounds like you were both living in Massachusetts until October 2020 when husband left, so yes and Massachusetts has jurisdiction over the child who lives here and has lived here for 6 months or more.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Public Benefits for Massachusetts on
Q: Can she apply for child support in a state she’s lived for 2 months?

Me & and the mother of my child are from MA. I’ve been in Florida for 4 years. She kept my child from me for 2 years, with false restraining orders etc (which I don’t know how that’s legal). She decided to get on good terms with me when her false accusations expired. She moved down here... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 24, 2021

It sounds like Massachusetts has a lot of contacts with the parties and the child for child support orders, although if the child was only back in Massachusetts for 2 months custodial non-monetary issues would be appropriate in Florida as the home state. Was there a paternity or Custody and Support... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Tax Law and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Can owner change her S-Corp to be taxed as C-corp so her income for support will be lower based on W2 only in divorce?

She is paying high alimony & child support now due to high income from W2 + K1( from business income reported on her tax return). Is it legal for her to change her S corp to C-corp so her future income from C corp will be far lower that is based on W2 only? Her company is growing and needs to... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 9, 2021

It depends upon the terms of the Separation Agreement/Divorce Judgment and the Judge's perspective on the level of income available for alimony and child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: should i give my ex my child stimulus I receive because I claim one of our children and she claim one ?

she is the custodial parent and i am not late on child support

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 5, 2021

It depends upon the wording of your separation agreement/Divorce Judgment if you are divorced or temporary orders if there is not a final resolution . If the document is truly silent then not required to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Interest owed to mother that never had the child in the first place.

I owe arrears and interest to the mother. The child is of age now, and on her own. I wanted to know if there is a precedent to give to a court that could waive the the interest owed to the mother and to the commonwealth. She never had the child for the majority of the child's life. She... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 8, 2021

Some states grant the court the ability to suspend interest on child support. There are other consideration, but you will have to bring that to a court’s attention in a proper legal action. I would recommend the use of an experienced family law attorney to assist you with that process or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Massachusetts on
Q: I'm looking for legal help for my divorce.

I have a complicated situation with a seven year old, don't have job, and my husband doesn't want the divorce we have been separated for 4 years. I was hoping you could help me and point me in the right direction.

Thank you in advance,

Maria

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Oct 6, 2020

So, depending upon your financial circumstances the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association may be able to assist you. If your husband has income and assets which are sufficient, the Probate Court can order him to pay toward your counsel fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: good afternoon. I have a question concerning the legality of Massachusetts DOR and the collection of child support.

i filed a complaint for modification and custody in 2013. i asked the court to set my child support arrearage in my pleadings. Both the other parent and Mass dor were served. I received Judgement on 5/2013. per agreement i owed $10000.00 child support. Dor now states I owe mother 10,000 and THEM... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Oct 1, 2020

You will need to have a copy of the Judgment of arrears to provide to the DOR and

have confirmation that mother is receiving support ( and arrears ) through the DOR and provide

your print out from DOR handy and ready to discuss with them. If there are no new arrears then...
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Q: Child Support during unemployment

I lost my job back in July (Massachusetts). I will return to work next month. By the time I return to work I will have been paying full child support for 10 weeks. My child support exceeds my income (unemployment insurance) by $100 weekly so it has put a big dent in my savings.

Petitioned... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 29, 2020

If the Court reduces your child support it could be retroactive to the date of service of the Modification Complaint, but you will need to address that with the Court since most orders are prospective.

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Q: Father has full custody but drops my daughter off and leaves her for months at a time without helping me and mother pays

I wonder what can she do about this.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 28, 2020

You need a Modification of Custody and Child Support Complaint/proceeding and this should be done based upon the last Judgment or Orders issued by whatever Court is involved.

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Q: Can your child support payments be lowered if you have another child with new spouse?(Massachusetts)
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Aug 28, 2020

It can be used as a defense to the request for an increase in child support but not to lower an existing child support order.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi need help with Child custody for my daughter

Hi, I need with a child custody for my daughter Rosalie. She is 7. Her father just served me papers for custody and parenting visits. I'm planning on moving out of state and i want to do things legally. I also want to do what the best interest of my daughter. Her dad doesn't pay child... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Aug 27, 2020

There is a Public on-line Probate & Family Court docket search you can do to check the status of your case Its unclear what your case was- divorce, paternity, etc. Was the MDOR /CSE involved in obtaining child support orders? if yes, then follow up with the MDOR. If not, you can seek an... Read more »

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