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Am I Allowed to Date if My Divorce is Pending?

Divorce can be a lengthy process, and for many divorcing couples, the marriage is over emotionally long before a divorce is legally pursued. It’s not uncommon for a spouse to consider dating while their divorce is pending. The short answer to the question ‘to date or not to date’ is that there is no law in Massachusetts that prevents spouses from dating after separating or divorcing. So yes, you are allowed to date when your divorce is pending. However, before diving into the dating pool,

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My ex is refusing to pay court-ordered support. What can I do?

When a divorce is finalized, a divorce decree outlines essential information about the court’s decision including court-ordered support. A divorce decree is an enforceable order by the court that both parties are legally mandated to follow. Items outlined can include payment of child support or spousal support, a transfer of property, or specific visitation schedules. Unfortunately, too often, parties neglect or elect to ignore the outlined orders. This can greatly harm the spouse, who is dependent on support. While the penalties to the offending party

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Contemplating Your Estate Plan During Covid-19

Get Your Affairs in Order For most of us, coronavirus and the threat it poses has made us contemplate the status of our estate plans. As thousands of people in the Commonwealth have died of COVID-19 and its complications, many thousands more are ill, and many, many thousands more face unemployment and financial hardship. There are also innumerable, lesser losses: newborn grandchildren who have yet to meet their grandparents; weddings canceled and postponed; funerals with only a handful of mourners present to celebrate a life

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Modification of Child Support due to job loss and COVID-19

Times Are Tough The spread of COVID-19 has thrown the certainties of life into disarray. Unfortunately, this uncertainty has had a devastating impact on both the stock market and the everyday commerce that sustains the economy. Freelancers, drivers, hotel and restaurant workers now find themselves physically or legally barred from working. Not only service workers are affected; even people with desk jobs who are able to work from home might find themselves laid-off or furloughed as businesses reduce their payrolls in a bid to cut

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Divorcing During COVID-19

When your relationship is already strained, living under quarantine conditions can quickly shed light on a troubled marriage. Whether you’ve been contemplating divorce for a while or the stress of recent events has become the straw to break the camel’s back, so to speak, our attorneys can help you understand the divorce process and your options. During these unprecedented times, we are all taking a look at our lives and examining our relationships. Perhaps the tiny cracks in your relationship have turned into irreparable gaping

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Staying Safe and Saying NO to Domestic Abuse During COVID-19

Strict stay-at-home orders implemented for safety have placed abuse victims directly in harm’s way. Safety measures recommended to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have led to a rise in domestic abuse. For many, this is not a surprise as domestic violence goes up whenever families spend more time together. With families in quarantine and isolation worldwide, stress-levels are at an all-time high. The uncertainty of the future can increase anxiety for many. Coupled with unemployment and financial stress, tension among households is sure

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Divorce During Covid-19

We are all tired of hearing how we are living in unprecedented times, that this is extremely difficult, and life is filled with uncertainty. We are all required to essentially remain at home with the people we live with and avoid contact with others. This is a perfect recipe to create friction, tension, fights, and an overall estrangement. This is intensified by the fact that you cannot truly take a break. Couple that with the uncertainty of income and for a lot of people, the

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When To Introduce Your New Partner To Your Children In A Divorce

There is no set number of months wherein you must wait in order to introduce a new romantic partner to your child/children.  However, when you separated from your child’s other parent, you and the other parent had time to prepare for the break up/end of the relationship, you may have been discussing it for months or weeks, but your child/children always remained hopeful that his/her parents would stay together.  Thus, your child/children’s lives are changing too. Your child/children are going from a home with both

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Child Support Is Your Most Important Financial Obligation

Child support is the most important financial obligation that a person can have.  It is more important than paying your rent/mortgage, your car payment, even your taxes.  Why?  That is simple to answer.  When you do not pay your child support, the other party can file a complaint for contempt.  If you are found guilty of contempt, then the Judge can impose a jail sentence with a specific dollar amount you can pay in order to be released from jail prior to the length ordered

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Coronavirus, Mounting Debt, and Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is federal law that was designed to give debtors a fresh start.  Sometimes good people suffer catastrophic events, loss of jobs, loss of spouse, etc.… that lead to financial hardship and the need for a fresh start.  Sometimes it is more simply stated that one is not able to manage their money and rely on credit cards to supplement their income.  And apparently, sometimes there is a global pandemic that imposes a financial hardship upon you and your family that no one anticipated to

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