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Q: How do i stop an order since we are now married?

Years ago i started my then boyfriend on CS for our 2 sons. We have since got back together and have been married. We have had 3 other children since the order started. He owes technically me back support but her provides everything for us to live. How do i stop this order?

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Feb 10, 2020

You should contact DOR Child Support Enforcement Division and explain your situation. They will walk you through the steps you will need to take. In general, you will need to modify the child support order to terminate it, and as part of the process, you would waive the unpaid arrears balance. You... Read more »

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Q: Will I have to pay child support because I make more than my ex?

So my ex and I have never been married and we have never gone to court for any child custody. I plan on taking him to court to do that but my biggest fear is that I’ll have to pay him for child support because I make more than him. Would I have to pay him for child support?

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Dec 31, 2019

Not necessarily. Child support isn't solely based on income, the biggest factor is which parent has primary physical custody of the child. The child support guidelines also factor in other expenses paid on behalf of the child, like daycare or health insurance.

The way the child support...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: My college child has moved back in with me mother moved out of state do I still have to pay child support
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 31, 2019

It sounds like you will need a Modification in order to terminate the child support to mother. Are you still living in the original state where your orders issued from? If so, then the Court still has jurisdiction over the child support. If the "college" child is over 18 but not yet 21, not in full... Read more »

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Q: Have 19 year old in college going for modification was paying for two one aged out. I pay more for college is this all

Looked at from judge

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 30, 2019

There is a college contribution based upon UMass in state resident rates, so, for example, if you are paying over the anticipated maximum amount for the child in college, the weekly child support could be revisited by the Court in a Modification. You should contact your divorce attorney or a... Read more »

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Q: Hi I’m divorced two boys one turning 23 this month does my payment get cut in half ?
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 27, 2019

If the older child turned 23 the Child Support Guidelines for the one child -who I am assuming is a minor or at least is unemancipated-would need to be calculated for a Modification Petition, it is not an automatic divide by 2 situation. You should meet with a divorce practitioner who can discuss... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: MGL 215 Section 2; appoint someone to be a special process server with law enforcement powers?

Out of curiosity. Does MGL 215 Section 2 appoint someone to be a special process server with law enforcement powers in Massachusetts?

Someone sent me a text/ picture showing he is authorized to serve any and all process, including arrest warrants under that law and given powers “to keep... Read more »

Kristen Greenwood
Kristen Greenwood answered on Dec 21, 2019

Although I have not seen the photograph you received, and I cannot comment on the authenticity of what you received, here is what the law that you inquired about says:

M.G.L. 215, Sec. 2 outlines Superior jurisdiction; presumption:

Probate courts shall be courts of superior and...
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Q: What, if any, are the legal repercussions of a person rescinding on informal child support in Massachusetts?

After my ex and I split, we both agreed on an informal child support agreement. He'd continue giving me access to his vehicle and keep my phone on his cell phone plan. After a few personal disputes, he's threatening to take them back knowing it'll affect our kids, ie getting to drs appts and... Read more »

Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Dec 11, 2019

It almost always protects the children more if there is a formal child support agreement in place with the Court as it can be enforceable through the Department of Revenue.

It can also be arranged by the Court to take child support straight from his paycheck. This helps in matters where...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: My Ex has been keeping me out of childs life since i was 14 with dcf threat now that 18 come for CS. no custody agreemet

We were never married, I still visit when and only when she allows and i provide whenever asked and even when not. I just got a letter in the mail saying she opened a case and now I'm waiting for a court summons. i would like to be able to see my child without her constant supervision and id like... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 5, 2019

If paternity has been established then there is a Complaint for Custody and Support she may have filed and the Court can enter minimum child support orders due to your unemployment status. This legal proceeding is the forum for presenting your visitation requests as well.

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Q: Hello I'm in a tough child custody situation. Falsely accused of neglect father took sole temp we had shared

I would like to know how and what I can do if I feel there is child alienation from father to me mother

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Nov 25, 2019

You can request that the Court appoint a Guardian ad litem to investigate whether the claims against you are legitimate or are alienation . The Court can order payment of the GAL's fee to the requesting party or order both parties to pay for the GAL. In indigency or low income situations the Court... Read more »

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Q: My ex husband died last month owin 8,000 in back child support. He owned the house with his brother which will be sold.

We all lived in MA & The house is in MA. My ex husband and i have 2 children who are 17 and next of kin for his assets which were under 25,000, there was no will. His brother is now sole owner of home but is going through a divorce and house will be sold. Can i put in a claim through the house for... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Oct 15, 2019

You should hire a probate practitioner as there is a specific way to perfect a claim against an estate that must be followed . Was his brother a joint tenant of the real estate? If not then he may not be the sole owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: If my ex needs to go to therapy for a fractured relationship with our child, am I responsible for half ?

We do share medical expenses, but is therapy included in that umbrella?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Oct 4, 2019

The Court Order would normally state who is responsible for payment for the therapy services. If it is silent then it would be treated like other medical services.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: I have 2 children, one of which just moved in with me. I live out of state. How can I file a child support modificati

Both parents mutually agreed that our 16 year old would move to New York and enroll in schooling. We cannot agree on a modification of support. Is there a way to have the support (and custody) modified without having to appear in court or hire a lawyer? The process seems fairly straight forward... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 13, 2019

There should be a Joint Modification Petition and Agreement and Financial Statements of both parties and if the MDOR is involved they need to be notified as well. You can go on the state website for the forms. Child support should be under the child support guidelines which are driven by the... Read more »

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Q: I hace 3 kids not married have not gone to court i make $800 a week giving mother $500 a week she says not enough

Oldest child is not biological but have been there since she was born shes my daughter mother gets support from biological dad but i wabt to nake sure support is for all 3 kids

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 9, 2019

Child support is determined by application of the Child Support Guidelines and you are not under legal obligation for the child who is not your biological child.

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Q: My spouse got physical custody of my daughter 10 yrs ago. My daughter wants to move in with me. Do I need a court order?

Daughter is 16 years old.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jul 30, 2019

Hello, yes, you should file a Modification proceeding and a Motion for Temporary Orders seeking primary physical custody of the child and if granted, then you would be entitled to child support from the other spouse.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal Law and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Mother tells father of unborn child (3.5 months) to pay hotel bill until baby is born or he can’t see child. Extortion?

(Mass General law Chapter 265, Section 25 governs extortion.) ... Extortion is a criminal offense whereby an individual obtains property or money by any type of force and threats of 1) violence, 2) property damage, 3) harm to reputation, or 4) unfavorable government action.

Mother is... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jul 18, 2019

Putative father should rather than get into the nuances of whether there may be a criminal proceeding instead bring forward a Paternity action in the Probate Court where the child is born/living to establish paternity and seek visitation as well as child support orders.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: My son girlfriend is 16 years old and has a 8 month baby with my son. The girlfriend has been living with me for a year.

The girlfriend’s mother does not give her any child support she gets from her father. Girlfriend’s mom gets snap benefits and child support and refuses to give the daughter any money. I been supporting this 16 year old.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jul 15, 2019

To obtain a support order you would need to be appointed the girlfriend's guardian first.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My brother (45yrs) has custody of his 2 kids (1 biological & 1 stepson) but he still lives with my parents.

My mother is tired of supporting the 3 of them and wants him & his kids out of the house. How would she accomplish this when he’s not willing to move out on his own?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 21, 2019

This is more of a landlord tenant issue I believe.

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Q: I moved from Massachusetts & want to file for my kids to visit me In Kansas. My ex says Massachusett doesn’t allow that

It’s been 7 years since I moved. My 18 yr old has visited multiple times. My 9 & 11 yr old are not allowed. I’ve visited 2X but have regular communication with them unless my ex gets mad.

Anthony C. Adamopoulos
Anthony C. Adamopoulos answered on Jun 3, 2019

You may file for parenting time with your two young children in the Family Court. Your wife is wrong. Your 18 year old may visit you whenever; he is an adult.

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Q: Hello! Can I file for shared custody in a court in Massachusetts if my kids live in Puerto Rico with their mom?

If so, how long would it take for the court to make a decision?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on May 6, 2019

If the children have been living in Puerto Rico for more than 6 months, Massachusetts would not have jurisdiction. You would need to pursue a Custody Complaint or if there are extant orders/judgment in Divorce or Custody and Support, a Modification there .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Unmarried and separated with three kids. As a single mother, what are my rights an what can I do?

Is there a lawyer that I can get with low income?

Joshua H. Bearce
Joshua H. Bearce answered on Apr 10, 2019

You can file three Complaints for Custody-Support-Parenting Time in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. You can seek to waive the filing fees if you have a low income. After you have filed, I would suggest filing a motion for temporary orders to obtain an award of child support from the... Read more »

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