Look at your retainer agreement that you signed with the attorney. How the attorney charges is spelled out in that document. I know that a lot of attorneys do charge in minimum increments. I hope this helps.
The best attorney is the one that is going to advocate to protect and promote your interests, and at the same time provide you with practical advice. If you have an amicable divorce, then costs should be minimal. However, if it is a contentious situation, it is going to cost a lot more. Often times it is the clients who drive up costs by arguing over the minutia. Talk with your attorney and tell them your budget, as well as what is it you expect from the divorce process. Interview the attorney....
Although it is.highly unlikely your husband will have a direct claim against your expected inheritance, it can be used for calculating an equitable.distribution of assets in final divorce proceedings and for other reasons ( I.e. alimony and child support calculations) You need to speak with an attorney very soon to discuss the appropriate means of proceeding so as to protect and preserve these assets. Best of luck to you, and I wish your parents well.
The length of time the process takes depends upon the behavior of the parties. If the only disagreement is alimony, there are guidelines the judge will follow, after full financial disclosure by both parties, to determine the appropriate amount of alimony. Of course, if the amount can be worked out between the parties prior to filing, the process can be very short. I hope this helps. Best of luck to you.
Thank you for posing this question. There is no law or statute in Massachusetts which obligates a parent to pay for their children's college education. You would need to look at the terms of your Separation Agreement. There is usually a provision in there which provides for this. Please read your agreement. If there is a provision regarding payment of college tuition and expenses, please feel free to post that provision here for an explanation as to how that provision applies in your...
From what you've provided so far, if you can key the separation as amicable and civil as possible, the process could be completed for relatively short money. It depends how you both approach all of the issues, I.e. child support, division of assets, alimony (if applicable). If you both can agree on these amounts, after full financial disclosure, I would estimate between $3,000.00 to $6,000.00. Best of luck to you. Thee amounts are contingent on the parties' behavior during the process.
Because you waited, you would need to go to your local district court and file an application for a criminal complaint for assault and battery. Whether or not you can use these circumstances to mitigate the offense charged, would be an appropriate question to pose to your attorney, should you choose to hire one, to defend you in the criminal charges. This is very fact dependent. Please speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Beat of luck to you.
A personal representative is under a fiduciary duty to the estate. Any requests for extensions must be documented, and are usually given is so documented and for cause. However, if you feel the Personal Representative has been dragging the matter out unnecessarily, and without cause, you can always file a motion with the court to compel the personal representative to account for his delays. I hope this helps. Best of luck.
I'm sorry this is happening to you. Leaving the house has no bearing on the division of marital assets. HOwever, as my colleague has pointed out, you may wish to remove yourself from the house with your child, as that may have an adverse impact upon custody proceedings. I would suggest you speak with a Family Law/Divorce attorney. If you are intent on proceeding with a Divorce, there may be other measures at your disposal in the interim.
I wish you the best.