Teresa M. Harkins La Vita’s Answers

Teresa M. Harkins La Vita

Danvers Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 11
  1. If I file for a divorce, who pays the filing fee?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    3. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    3 lawyer answers

    If you file, you pay. Call the divorce department clerk to see what forms of payment they accept. Few or none will accept a personal check, so you will need a bank check, money order, or in most courts you can pay with a debit or credit card in-person at the court. Good luck!

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  2. I divorced my ex-husband may22,2005,he was supposed to pay me alimony,ive yet to recieve a dime.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robert A Stolzberg
    2. Nicole C. Armstrong
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    3 lawyer answers

    When a party has breached a clear and unequivocal court order - such as a Judgment of Divorce - the other party can file a Complaint for Contempt. There are some defenses that he may have, which you will need to discuss with an attorney. You may also be able to seek attorney's fees. Good luck!

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  3. What to expect on the divorce pre-trial order?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    3 lawyer answers

    You should also take the original orange certificate from your completed parenting class, if you haven't already filed it.

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  4. Spouse wont take the required parenting class. Can I still ask the judge to grant the divorce and not postpone it?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    3 lawyer answers

    Call the divorce department at the Probate and Family Court to ask how your particular judge handles this matter. The clerk or judge's secretary may have some insight. Also there are some exceptions to taking the "mandatory" class so ask the clerk when you call. Good luck.

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  5. Does ma divorce no fault law have alienation of affection in this law?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. E. Alexandra Golden
    3. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    4. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    4 lawyer answers

    Repost the second part of your question in a criminal forum - a criminal attorney may have some insight into the theft issue.

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  6. I am an illegal immigrant who is married to a US citizen and now I want a divorce. Will I be able to get it without him here?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    2. Steven R. Ballard
    3. Javier G Pineda
    4. J Charles Ferrari
    4 lawyer answers

    You really need to speak to an immigration attorney about this. You can call the Mass. Bar Association for a referral to a reduced-fee attorney (if you qualify) or a local legal services association for pro bono representation (again, if you qualify).

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  7. I am in the process of a divorce,during the process my mother passed away. do i have to split any inheritance? meaning house?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. E. Alexandra Golden
    2. Thomas J Callahan
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    4. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    4 lawyer answers

    Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. It could be used as a negotiation tool depending on other facts of your case. You should see a lawyer to go over the divorce statute and various options. Also make sure you disclose the matter on your Financial Statement.

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  8. Wife Not Showing Up For Divorce Hearing

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    4. Mark Twombly Lee
    4 lawyer answers

    Your lawyer can take care of this for you, and go over the different outcomes.

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  9. I am filing for divorce and a house is involved,do I have to stay on the property to be entitled to money when the house sells?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    3 lawyer answers

    As long as your sister isn't looking to live in the house post-divorce, then it might be in her bets interests to leave. She should speak with an attorney about the pros and cons of being the party to vacate.

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  10. I'M A DIVORCED FATHER OF THREE CHILDREN. THEY ARE ALL OVER 20 YEARS OLD .WHEN DO MY SUPPORT PAYMENTS END,AND HOW DO I DO IT?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    4. Theodore W. Robinson
    4 lawyer answers

    You should consult a family law attorney to go over the Child Support Guidelines, what it means when a child is emancipated, and potentially a Complaint for Modification. Good luck!

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