Father’s Child Support Reduced On Temporary Order

Father sought a modification of his child support based upon a termination of his employment.  The matter was presented to the judge and the judge was not initially going to reduce Father’s support citing that he had sufficient funds in his retirement account to pay for same.  The Father’s counsel, Attorney Monique Lamb successfully convinced the court that it was not proper to expect Father to liquidate a retirement account and pay the severe penalty and tax for the withdrawal.  Father’s child support was reduced on a temporary order.
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Judge Ordered Mother Primary Physical Custody of Child Due to Father Undermining the Mother

The Parties have three children and the Father was seeking custody of one of the children.  The Father had started to undermine the Mother with this particular child, in that, if the Mother brought the child to school, the Father would subsequently pick the child up and release the child from school early.  This became a pattern of undermining the Mother by the Father and when the Judge reviewed the detailed affidavit of Mother regarding these incidents, the Judge ordered that the Mother should have primary physical custody.
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Attorney Boucher Lamb Argues “length of the marriage” to Court of Appeals

Summary: The Husband argued that since the new Alimony Reform Act had defined the length of marriage as the date of marriage to the date of service of the summons on the complaint for divorce.  That this definition not only applied in the context of determining the length of time one would pay alimony but that this also applied to the division of assets, i.e. when assets were valued and divided. Consequently the Husband attempted to secure his entire salary for one year (almost $90K) during the pending divorce by depositing same into an account in his own name. However
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Increase Child Support Order by $800. a Month

Salem, Massachusetts: In Essex Family Court to establish temporary orders during the pending divorce.  The Father provided a financial statement and pay stub that did not include any overtime.  The Mother through counsel, who was Attorney Monique B. Lamb, provided a pay stub for Father that demonstrated his significant over-time income for the majority of the prior year.  The family court Judge saw both documents and both versions of the Massachusetts child support guidelines.  The Judge made her decision which was in accordance with the pay stub and income that the Mother provided for the Father.  This resulted in an
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Paternity and parties live in different states

The Parties were never married. They had three children who had lived primarily with Mother and Father had not seen the children in several years due to Mother who had absconded with the children to another country. Now that Mother and children were in the United States, Father sought and successfully obtained a regular parenting schedule with the children, even though he lived in New York. (Middlesex County)
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Joint Custody in Paternity Action

Father obtained joint legal and physical custody of his minor child, who was less than 2 years old. Mother and Father were never married. Father initiated a complaint to establish his parenting time. The probation department attempted to resolve the entire case at the hearing on Father’s motion for temporary orders, wherein Father objected and was heard before the Court. By not pre-maturely resolving the case, the Father was able to successfully obtain joint legal and physical custody of his young child. In paternity actions, since the parties were not married, the Mother automatically has sole legal and physical custody
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Successfully obtained parenting time for a de facto parent

Successfully obtained parenting time for a de facto parent in an underlying equity case in Massachusetts. The alleged father had always been involved with the minor child over several years visiting with the child, providing in a financial manner for the child by paying for activities and necessities for the child. The guardian of the child had stopped contact which led to the filing of the equity complaint and the establishment of parenting time for this de facto parent. (Essex County)
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Appeals Court Ruled In Favor Regarding Division Of Marital Assets

The former husband took the position that since the Alimony Reform Act of 2012 defined the length of marriage as date of marriage to date of service of the summons, that marital assets should be divided in the same manner. Historically assets were valued and divided as of the date of divorce. The former husband appealed the decision of the trial court which followed the historical view of asset division and rejected his assertion that assets should be valued and divided as of the date of service on the divorce summons. The Appeals Court ruled in favor of my Client
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Significant Increase In Child Support

Our client received significant increase in child support after trial despite child residing at college for the majority of the year. Increased child support was retroactive to date of service on Client’s modification.
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Received Order For Unsupervised Parenting Time

Our client received order for unsupervised parenting time and order for significant support after hearing wherein it was alleged that the Client either abused alcohol or prescription medicines and the independent evidence did not support the allegations alleged by the other parent.
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