People commonly use the term “custody” to generally refer to child custody issues. It may be important, however, to know that in Massachusetts, “custody” can refer to two (2) different topics: legal or physical. If you are involved in a child custody dispute, it is relevant that you know the dif...
Oftentimes, parents in custody-related cases believe that the best way to resolve the case is to have the children speak in court. The Massachusetts Family Court, however, does not allow children to participate in custody disputes. It is generally the Court's goal to keep children out of legal ...
Hiring an attorney can be stressful. Before you hire a divorce attorney in Massachusetts, these are some of the important questions you need to ask.
The minimum child support is $25 in Massachusetts, as established in the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.
After a judgment has been entered in a custody case, sometimes circumstances a parent to ask for the court to change custody. When should parents consider this?
Don't get tricked by the Massachusetts DOR website! How to REALLY change a child support order in Massachusetts
Don't be tricked by the DOR website! Make sure you know how to REALLY change a child support order.
Physical custody, legal custody, parenting time, and child support are usually the focus in custody proceedings. If both parents live in Massachusetts, although the distance between their residences or the child's school may be relevant, a custodial parent's residence is particularly important i...
If you are a potential father looking to establish the paternity of a child you believe is yours, but on whose birth certificate you are not listed, there are few steps you can take to establish paternity and eventually exercise your parental rights.
Parents have to attend an in-person co-parenting class for all divorces involving children. How do you do that in light of the current stay-at-home orders?
Some updates on court hearings in Probate and Family Court.
A lot has happened this week, and all indications are that things could get worse before they get better. These are some observations from the first of what may be many weeks of our new normal.
Should you wait until the courts reopen to find an attorney? Definitely NOT!
E-filing is preferred, but if not, the only other option is to mail documents to the Register's office.
First of all - don't panic. Everyone else is in the same situation and trying to figure out what is happening and what to do. There have been several orders issued over the last few days by the Supreme Judicial Court in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but below we will try to simplify exact...
Sometimes parents have to ask the court to intervene when one parent stops paying child support.
A lot of people represent themselves in family court in Massachusetts. It is hard to find recent statistics to point to, but I doubt many would argue this point. As a frequent visitor to courtrooms in Massachusetts, I see the majority of parties appearing in court unrepresented by counsel. It is...
If you've decided to end your marriage (or that decision has been made for you), then you are probably bracing yourself for months of distasteful negotiations and wondering how you'll ever restore your life. But, divorce/separation doesn't always have to replicate the movies like First Wives Club.