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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 »

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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.

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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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Q: Can I get a lawyer for my 13 year old daughter concerning child custody and her not wanting to see her father?
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Aug 17, 2021

Your counsel can file a Motion requesting the appointment of counsel for the child. The Court may also determine to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to investigate and report to the Court concerning the best interests of the child in custody and visitation matters.

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Q: How do I file for divorce if I am only in the USA for five months?

I am german, my husband is american living in PA. I will be in MA in Septmeber on a J1 student visa. Since we seperated in January he has been stalking and threatening me so i want to file for a divorce and restraining order as soon as i get to the US. As i do not meet the residency requirements in... Read more »

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

If you are being threatened- placed in fear of your safety by husband while you are here in Massachusetts you can potentially obtain an abuse protection order from the district court for the location where you are staying seeking restraint that he not contact you and stay away from your home,... Read more »

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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: Final divorce decree in MA gives me medical decision making - can ex choose a provider and make appt without asking me?

Thank you - yes, we have 2 minor children, I have primary physical custody, and we have shared legal custody but I have medical decision making.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 22, 2021

Presumably you are talking about medical decision-making concerning the minor child of the parties? If si, and you have been granted decision-making authority the other parent is therefore not authorized to select the provider and make the appointment at all!

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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 .

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Q: My partner and I are in MA and planning a divorce. Can we file while selling our house?

We are going to file uncontested and we have written up a separation agreement. MA law says that we can file in the state if “you have lived in the state for one year, or if the reason the marriage ended happened in Massachusetts and you have lived in Massachusetts as a couple.”

I... Read more »

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

You have not stated how title to the real estate is held. Be very careful at the closing to get your check and the best way to do this is to have an attorney involved at least to review your Separation Agreement terms and Financial Statements and self-disclosure docs. and make sure all goes ok with... Read more »

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Q: Divorce Question

My husband recently asked me for a divorce after a discussion with him I accepted that our marriage was over. We have not filed any paperwork yet. The other day he told me he was going to bring a girlfriend over to our marital home. I told him absolutely not. Is this OK? He did not bring the girl... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on May 14, 2021

You can commence divorce proceedings to obtain orders that he vacate the marital home and potentially for spousal support depending upon your circumstances. You should have counsel to represent you as he seems to be trying to upset you and overwhelm you. Also, see your primary care physician or... Read more »

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Q: I am legally married but have not been with my wife is more than 10 years.

I cant locate her at this point and wanted to know what my options are to get legally divorced.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on May 12, 2021

First of all, were you and she living in Massachusetts at some point during the marriage so that is this the place of the marriage break down occurrence ? Were there property interests acquired here in Massachusetts? If there is a connection with this state then on Motion for Alternate Service a... Read more »

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Q: Can a judge block a division of assets agreement in a divorce if both parties agree whether is seems equitable or not?

My husband wanted to give me the house outright and keep all his pensions/retirement accounts and not pay alimony. It was a 24 year marriage. His lawyer said that a judge would not do that. Can a judge block an agreement if both parties agree to it.

Anthony C. Adamopoulos
Anthony C. Adamopoulos answered on May 11, 2021

Yes. It is not unusual for a judge to reject a division of assets, especially when the parties or a party is not represented by an attorney.

It looks like you do not have an attorney and it is clear from your question you do not understand the process a judge must go through to approve a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: How do I have my Ex husband removed from the deed of our home? The divorce from 2017 states the house is to be mine.

I had a quit claim deed written up last year but he refuses to sign it. Used the law office of Donahue, Rauscher and McGrail to have this done. We didn't use legal aid when we got our divorce. I am in the process of having my loan modified and would like it in my name only as I am the owner... Read more »

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

So, if your Separation Agreement states he is to relinquish title to you to the real estate, is there a provision concerning the procedure and timing of same, i.e., at refinance closing or sale or a date certain? If there is not a trigger or defined date you should have your attorney pursue a... Read more »

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Q: Can a child request a custody change if they feel they are being mentally abused?

I have split parents, they have been divorced since I was 5. My mother has been abusing me mentally. I know this always gets over looked as the child overreacting but this isn’t some joke. My parents have equal custody, can I request to live with my good parent?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 8, 2021

If you are being mentally abused, have you told a Mandated Reporter such as a pediatrician , social worker, mental health counselor, psychologist, or school guidance counselor or school official or DCF hotline # about this matter and the underlying facts which constitute mental abuse? Is the... Read more »

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Q: how do a file for alimony 8 years after divorce?

i did not waive future alimony. I was married twenty years. i was a stay at home mom 10+ years. I am disabled. I receive SSI. I do not work. I was homeless. Now I live off of SSI and I can not babysit anymore due to fibromyagia and arthritis. My ex husband makes a lot of money. I need help... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Mar 8, 2021

This sounds like a Modification Complaint for current alimony if his situation has improved significantly and it sounds like your situation has deteriorated. You would need to have him served out of state .

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.

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Q: Can a joint custodial parent veto a particular child therapist?

I share joint 50/50 legal custody of my 5 yr old child w my ex. Our agreement was filed w the court in 2017. My ex would like a therapist (who has not yet met our child but has shown bias against me as a non-birth mom) to start seeing our child every other week for therapy. Our current child... Read more »

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

You should request a therapist referral from the provider who is leaving for a successor therapist. Both parents should have input for the new provider. If the other parent refuses and there is a proceeding pending or if there is not a proceeding one would need to be brought- for Modification... Read more »

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