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Philip W. Mason

Haverhill Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Question about attorney answers?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. Gary Ralph Ilmanen
    3. Andrew Lawrence Weitz
    4. Thomas C. Marino
    5. Danielle M. Callahan
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    Recommending that you consult with an attorney is usually code for: 1) Your question raises complex issues that can’t be properly addressed in this limited forum 2) Your question indicates you have no idea of what you are doing or what you have gotten yourself into and you need an attorney to represent you before you do something stupid, or someone takes advantage of you 3) You are in much deeper trouble then you realize and you need an attorney to give you a wake-up call before the damage...

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  2. Do I need permission to move out of state with my child

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. Jason V. Owens
    3. Gary S. Sinclair
    4. Diana I. Sorrentini-Velez
    5. Sean Stentiford
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    Because a custody order has been issued by the court the father has standing to object to your move. If you move without the courts permission the father can start an action in the court to have the child returned to Massachusetts. It would very cumbersome to fight that action. It would be best to obtain agreement from the father to the move (in writing), and concurrently file with the court for “leave to remove the child from the state.” Because of your current custodial position, and the...

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  3. Thank everyoen for wonderufl information,

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Leila Judith Wons
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    Many attorneys will accept credit cards — just check the avvo profiles for payment options. As for postponing payment until the marital home is sold, you would have to negotiate that with the individual attorney, but it is definitely not out of the question. Good luck — hope things go well

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  4. Am I required to show my ex itemized receipts on how I spend child support funds?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. Amy L Saunders
    3. Estela Matta
    4. Julie Court Molloy
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    There is no need for you to keep receipts or to report to your ex how the money is used. The court orders child support to be used by you for the benefit of the child and unless there is some evidence that the children are not cared for properly the court will not intervene. If your ex raises this issue then it is responsibility to show that you are not providing proper care for the children not simply questioning how the money is used.

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  5. Dose the landlord's agent has the right to refuse providing the key? Tomorrow is our move in date, what should we do?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. Erik Hammarlund
    3. Daniel W. Keleher
    3 lawyer answers

    Inform the agent (best in writing) that you know your rights. That you have complied with the terms of the contract and you have relied on the contract to your detriment. Further that if he does not comply with the terms of the contract you will sue for damages, both direct and consequential damages which may include moving expenses, substitute housing, and related matters. That you will also sue for triple damages under MGL 93a, the consumer protection statute. Finally, since you don’t know...

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  6. Is a personal injury settlement considered joint marital property in a divorce?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. David Ian Schoen
    3. Gilbert Richard Hoy Jr
    4. George A Malliaros
    5. Elliot S Coren
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    This is a divorce question and should be reposted as such. The settlement will be considered as part of the marital estate, but the division will be based on a number of factors (mgl 208 - 34) and the discretion of the judge. These issues can be hotly disputed and you should have legal represention. Seek a free consultation from several lawyers.

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  7. I my husband filed for divorce last year and I have no idea what is going on but there is a court date set in a week.....

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. Amy L Saunders
    3. Daniel Dufresne
    4. Joshua N Robbins
    4 lawyer answers

    Walking into a courtroom without legal representation, not knowing the purpose of the hearing, and feeling pressured to sign a settlement agreement is about the worst thing you can do. You will absolutely regret it and if you believe you can continue to have a cordial relationship with your husband, that relationship will soon be tarnished by resentment and bitterness. Both parties need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities and have the ability, either through counsel or on their own,...

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  8. Should my son sign the birth cert. if he thinks the baby may not be his? Theyre not married and shes due any day.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. E. Alexandra Golden
    3. Thomas J Callahan
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    By signing the birth certificate (voluntary acknowledgement of paternity) your son takes on a host of parental responsibilities and gains some parental rights: i.e., the legally enforceable responsibility for financially supporting of the child through the age of eighteen and perhaps longer if the child if the child seeks post-secondary education; and the right to participate in the child’s parenting and companionship. He would have automatic standing in the courts for enforcement of his...

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  9. In november my fiance recieved an arraingment letter for a week from now, this March. Does he need a lawyer?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. J Charles Ferrari
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Benjamin Urbelis
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    Felony larceny is a serious offense with substantial legal penalties and significant collateral consequences. Handled badly the charge could affect him adversely for many years to come – job opportunities, school loans, etc. He is not prepared to deal with criminal justice system on his own – YES get him a lawyer. When he enters the courtroom he will be confronted by the prosecuting attorney who will be convinced that he is guilty and it will be his/her job (his/her professional duty) to try...

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  10. Husband refuses to comply with divorce agreement on grounds that mandate is "unnecessary". Now what?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Philip W. Mason
    2. Steven Kelsey Hemingway
    3. Michael J. Szklasz
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    The language of the separation agreement is what the court will enforce, not his interpretation of its intent – if he fails to comply he is in contempt. File a Complaint for Civil Contempt with the Clerk of Court ($50.00 filling fee + $5.00 summons fee). You may want to send you’re a copy of the filing to your ex – he may comply when he sees you are serious. If he doesn’t comply immediately have the summons served upon him by constable ($40 -$70). Your request for relief should include both a...

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