Though you are free to represent yourself, it is extremley advisable to retain, or at least consult, with an experianced family law attorney. Family law is often quite complicated and representing yourself could lead to some bad situations.
However, in general, the first thing you will need to do is answer the complaint. If you do not, you might be considered in default which means the judge will enter an order consistent with the complaint. You will also likely want to file temporary orders,...
In general, it is a bad idea to cut off basic utilities to a tenant without a court order. Your best bet is to start the eviction process with your local housing court. Massachusetts is a very tenant friendly state and you may be liable for treble damages if a tenant take you to court and succeeds in a cause of action. I understand it means a loss of money for the interim but it is something you can request during the eviction process to potentially recoup some of the losses. I would consult...
I agree with the above posters, you must first determine if the bank is the trustee or if there is a person. In either case, you will have to petition them for a release of fund, assuming you have met the requirements the trustee is bound to.
As to the bank merger it should not affect the trustee status, assuming the bank is in fact the trustee.
It entirely depends on how your visitation order or agreement is structured. If you have a good working relationship with your ex-spouse then alternate time can be arranged,especially if allowed by an order or agreement. In any case I would most definitely contact your ex-spouse in writing (email works great) and see if she'll agree.
It's a little tough to comment on the facts given but if no answer is given to the summary process claim you can move for a default judgment. A well informed tenant can probably get that default removed but on its face your tenant would be in default and you can ask the judge for immediate possession of the premises.
As other attorneys have posted there is a high burden for your wife to prove in her petition for the court as it requires a showing advantage to children that is not currently being met. Certain judges are very against removal with a clear real advantage as well so consulting with an experienced family law attorney is advisable.
As other's have stated there is no minimum amount, however, it should be an easy probate. An attorney can petition for an informal probate to hopefully have the process move faster. If there is no contention the matter should be resolved quickly. You should consult with an experienced estate attorney about the matter.
The father can file a modification at any time but he must show a "material change in circumstances" to warrant such a change. If he can show the judge that he now deserves visitation with the daughter then the judge may well grant it, though it is his burden to prove.
On the contempt it is a separate issue. If he has willfully violated the order then he is contempt and the judge can order sanctions, however, you will need to show proof of such willful violations to succeed.
I agree with the above attorney, the debt your ex-spouse owes you should be treated separately. This is especially true since non-payment of child support can be contempt and it can be a tough explanation to a judge that there was in fact a separate arrangement other than the court order going on.
I agree with other attorneys. Though the courts are slow, I would file another contempt against your ex-spouse. A key will be to get the payments to be made through the Department of Revenue (DOR) which is something you can request from the judge and should be included in your complaint.