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Melissa Anne Levine-Piro

Maynard Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 14
  1. Is there a way to get divorced without counting on my ex to do anything? My ex and I have lived apart for nearly six years.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Karla Mansur
    3. Elliot S Coren
    4. Thomas J Callahan
    5. Helena S Friedman
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    It sounds like you were trying to file a joint petition for divorce. Since that didn't work due to your ex not complying, you can still file a 1B divorce. You will have to serve your ex or provide alternative notice, but the divorce can happen whether he shows up to court or not. You should consult with a local divorce attorney who can help you through the process and the paperwork. Best of luck. Melissa Levine www.levinepirolaw.com

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  2. I am preparing to file for divorce but I do not have an address for my estranged husband. Can I still file?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Anton R. Reinert
    3. Karen M. Buckley
    4. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    5. Hindell S Grossman
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    Yes you are able to file, but you need to get the court's permission for alternative service of process. When you file, you should accompany your complaint with a motion for service by publication and on the divorce complaint you should list your husband's address as unknown. You may want to hire an attorney even on a limited assistance basis to help you through all the paperwork. Melissa Levine www.levinepirolaw.com

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  3. How do family law attorney's bill for divorce trial? Issues in contention include custody/visitation and div of assets ONLY!

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Jaye L. Samuels
    2. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Andrew Y. Kim
    5. E. Alexandra Golden
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    My best guess is that amount of time includes time for preparation. What most clients do not realize is how time intensive it is to prepare for a trial. I think your best bet is to call your attorney and talk to him/her about your invoice. While the attorneys on here can speculate, we do not know what your fee agreement states or what exactly was billed on your invoice. Best of luck.

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  4. Can husband get my inheritance ?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Brynn Sullivan Zawada
    3. Emma A. Kremer
    4. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    4 lawyer answers

    I highly recommended getting divorced while your parents are still living. I think you should sit down with a qualified divorce attorney so that you can better understand the process, what to expect etc. Best of luck. Melissa Levine www.levinepirolaw.com

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  5. I have a relative that has a large trust with a trustee already listed and he has POA. She also has a large mutual fund that

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Denise Leydon Harvey
    2. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    3. Anton R. Reinert
    4. Matthew Erik Johnson
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    Attorney Harvey gave you an excellent answer. If you are concerned that the funds are being improperly used then it would be a good idea to consult with an attorney.

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  6. Can I stop paying support to my EX wife for my son going away to college in NH

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Karla Mansur
    3. Patrick Joseph Heffernan
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Attorney Mansur. If your child is away at school and no longer principally dependent on your ex-spouse for support then you should not have to pay both during the school year, however in the summer, you may then have to resume child support if your son is resuming living with your ex and dependent on her during those months. Filing a complaint for modification would be the next step in changing this if your separation agreement doesn't address the issue. Consult with an...

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  7. How to enforce terms of divorce in MA?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Keith G Langer
    3. Jeffrey Allan Miller
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to file a complaint for contempt at the court. You will need to state in your contempt complaint what divorce agreement terms she has not complied with. You can find the contempt complaint form online on the court's website. I have also included a link below.

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  8. If I've recently come out with homosexual/bisexual feelings, unacknowledged prior to my marriage (of 2 years). Can I annul?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Anton R. Reinert
    3. Jay Bodzin
    4. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    5. Henry Lebensbaum
    5 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry you are going through this. Unfortunately this would not be grounds for an annulment. While this may be hard for your wife to deal with, after some time she may be willing to make the divorce more amicable. When you're ready you can either file for a no-fault divorce on your own or if you can work with your wife, you can file a joint complaint for divorce. In the meantime, you may want to consider marriage counseling and you should also consider talking with an attorney. Many...

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  9. When can I change the locks during this divorce? He's never hit me but he had scared me for years.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Catherine Taylor
    2. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    3. Joshua N Robbins
    4. Jefferson W. Boone
    5. Philip W. Mason
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    I'm so sorry you're going through this. You should really contact an attorney and take out a restraining order. You shouldn't have to feel scared in your own home. I'm unclear if he's living there too or if he's officially moved out. So long as you're still married you each have equal rights to the house, but a lawyer could help you file a motion to vacate and/or a restraining order. Best of luck, Melissa Levine www.levinepirolaw.com

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  10. Hired a divorce attorney from different county - Mistake?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua N Robbins
    2. Christopher John Finn
    3. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    4. Regina Powers Hunter
    5. Elliot S Coren
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    I wouldn't say it is a mistake. Most family law attorneys practice in multiple counties and Middlesex is one of, if not, the busiest probate and family court in the state so it is likely your attorney has lots of experience practicing there. What is important is that you have a good working relationship with your attorney. With regard to your second question, a retainer is just a retainer, meaning it is still your money until it is earned by the attorney. If you feel as though he is not the...

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