Monthly Archives February 2013

How will my husband’s reckless behavior affect our divorce?

Additional Info: I thought getting married and having a child would make my husband more responsible.  We even moved from the city to a Boston Metrowest suburb, but he still goes out several nights a week with friends and comes back intoxicated.  Recently he was too hungover the next day to go to work, and missed a big client meeting and now his job is at risk. Attorney Answer: His immaturity will likely affect the negotiations of a settlement.  I find that an immature party is sometime very unreasonable in his/her demands and expectations.  You did not mention whether you
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Can an order for child support be modified without going to court in MA?

Additional Info: My ex-wife and I agreed to lower child support payments.   Our youngest son is now in public school and we no longer have the pay the exorbitant daycare expense in Wayland. Can an order for child support be modified without going to court?  We modified the divorce agreement and both signed it and even had a neighbor sign as a witness.   Is what we did legally binding? Attorney Answer: You can agree to a lower child support payment without an actual order from the Court, but that will be like having an agreement with a gentlemen’s handshake.  You
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How does the new alimony law in MA affect me?

Additional info: I am getting a divorce. My wife is a neurological surgeon and has her own private practice in Framingham so she makes significantly more money than I do.   I know I will be entitled to alimony but could you please tell me how the new alimony law in MA and what I may receive? Attorney Answer: Even with the new alimony laws, alimony is still a function of “need vs. ability to pay”.  The Court will look at a number of factors in determining whether there is a need, including such things as disparity of income, length of
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