Lisa J Smith’s Answers

Lisa J Smith

Natick Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. I am currently going through a divorce, my wife signed and cashed a check made out in my name? Isn't it forgery and illegal.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lisa J Smith
    2. Thomas J Callahan
    3. Marc D. Roberts
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question raises several divorce related questions. One is whether your wife can transfer funds from your joint account into her personal account. The answer is that it depends on whether you and your wife have a temporary order which describes who can access the joint account and for what purpose. If you don’t have a temporary order in place, then both of you can use the account for reasonable expenses. You, now, may wonder whether can you compel your wife to return the amount of the...

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  2. What type of 'proof' do I need for a "cruel and abusive treatment" fault divorce?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Kenneth P Doherty
    3. Gary S. Sinclair
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    5. Lisa J Smith
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with several of the previous responses that you should seek legal advice on how to best think through whether filing a grounds-based divorce would be advantageous for you. I, also, would suggest you consider contacting a program that helps victims of domestic violence. These programs can help you think through safety planning at many stages of the process from preparing to leave to after-divorce matters. While you have to be careful to protect your legal rights, you must do so in a...

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  3. I am in the process of divorce and want to know how the new Massachussetts divorce law effects me

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Thomas J Callahan
    2. Joshua N Robbins
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Lisa J Smith
    4 lawyer answers

    You are asking a question which may appear to be simple, yet is complicated, and so I agree with others that you should seek legal counsel. When you meet with an attorney, I would assume that your attorney would review with you several options and considerations related to this question. I am assuming that when you say the “new Massachusetts divorce law” you are referring to the new alimony statute which was effective on March 1, 2012. The new alimony statute creates presumptions for when...

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  4. Divorce now or wait?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Min Gyu Kim
    2. Eric B. Dick
    3. Lisa J Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    There are many factors to consider when determining for how long you may get alimony. It is imperative you speak with an attorney to careful consider your options. For example, you should explore whether the five years previous to your marriage will be tacked onto the length of your marriage. If you lived together and your financial interdependence was consistent with the new law you might already have a 10 year marriage, for alimony purposes, right now. That being said, 10 years is not...

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