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Marcia J Mavrides

Boston Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. I was married two years NO kids, Got divorced and signed a document to push through the divorce awarding my ex several k.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Howard M Lewis
    3. Daniel Seth Williams
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    5. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    5 lawyer answers

    The answer depends on the language of the divorce agreement you signed, which should be reviewed by an attorney. It also depends on whether the amount you have to pay is part of a division of assets or payment of alimony. If you have money in an account, then the court could determine that you have a source of money for payment- even if it's partial payment. Thereafter, you could be placed on a payment plan. Again, depending on the language of your separation agreement and if your payments...

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  2. Can I change a court agreement and claim my daughter on taxes every year?

    Answered 5 days ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Leila Judith Wons
    3. Michael J. Szklasz
    4. Timothy J. Connors
    4 lawyer answers

    You should file a complaint for modification- either separately or as a counterclaim to his complaint for modification requesting that the alternating dependency exemption claim be terminated. Once this is done, then you would be able to claim your child as a dependency exemption on your federal and state tax returns every year. You may also request a modification of the parenting time. I suggest you have your court documents reviewed by an attorney before filing any paperwork, to ensure...

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  3. In Massachusetts, how are family pets typically handled during a separation/divorce?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Alan J Pransky
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. David Alexander Browde
    5. Jayson Lutzky
    5 lawyer answers

    The issue of how to allocate custody of family pets has been a difficult one for the courts to address. Currently, pets are treated as property and subject to division, as many other marital asset would be divided. Recently, a new state law was enacted and became effective on October 31, 2012, that gives judges the authority to award possession of the pet to the victim of a 209A restraining order. Under this law, the judges can order that the abuser refrain from abusing, threatening,...

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  4. New alimony laws - Are child support and alimony now mutually exclusive?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Kenneth P Doherty
    3. Karla Mansur
    4. Howard M Lewis
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is yes: child support and alimony can be awarded concurrently. However, the income used to calculate child support should not be used to calculate alimony- so there is not a "double dip". In other words, if the payor earns $150,000.00 per year, then child support could be calculated on the first $100,000; alimony could be calculated on the next $50,000. If the combined earnings between the parents is $250,000/year or less, then the maximum child support is calculated on...

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  5. I have been going through a divorce since 11/12 . I received temporary order for Spousal Support.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Henry Lebensbaum
    3. Joshua N Robbins
    3 lawyer answers

    The language of the court order and the fact that you are filing separate tax returns will determine the answer to your tax question. Generally, if you are filing separate tax returns- married filing separate- and the court order identifies your support as alimony- then you should be paying income taxes on the support amount. If the payor- your husband- deducts this amount from his income, the IRS will look at your return to ensure that you paid the tax. This issue becomes even more...

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  6. Do child support payments have to go thru DOR

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Julie Court Molloy
    3. Kathleen Ann Black Reynolds
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    Attorney Molloy's answer is correct. I would only add that in either situation- direct payments to your ex-spouse or DOR involvement-- it is very important that you keep track of any amounts you make to your ex-spouse. You should not pay by cash without her giving you a receipt that includes her signature acknowledging the date and amount of cash you gave to her. Otherwise, if there is a conflict later on, or she "forgets" payments you made to her in any future contempt proceeding for non-...

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  7. What are my options when I have a husband that refuses to pay his share of the rent and household bills?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Julie Court Molloy
    3. Estela Matta
    4. Anthony Rao
    5. Henry Lebensbaum
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I assume you have tried talking to him and perhaps sitting down with him regarding the household finances. What is he doing with his paycheck? Is he saving it in a joint account or spending it. Another option is marriage counseling. At some point, you must decide if you want to live with his refusal to contribute toward these joint expenses. There is little you can do without some court action, such as filing a complaint for divorce or a complaint for separate support with the Barnstable...

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  8. My vietnamese wife left me just after 8 months of entering the us

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Stephen Daniel Karpf
    3. Estela Matta
    4. F. J. Capriotti III
    5. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    5 lawyer answers

    You can file a complaint for divorce or annulment. A divorce dissolves the marriage, whereas an annulment is a declaration that the marriage was void. You should consult with an attorney to decide which option is best for you. If you file under an annulment, you must prove at least one of the grounds: polygamy, consanguinity, mental incompetence, minority, impotency, duress and fraud going to the essence of the marriage. If you cannot locate Luu, then you may have seek alternative service...

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  9. Would an attorney recommend that husband leaving wife stay away from the other women

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Marcia J Mavrides
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Robert Winford Carpenter
    4. Brynn Sullivan Zawada
    5. Kara J. Carey
    6. ···
    9 lawyer answers

    The question you pose is more based on the emotional aspects of divorce rather than the legal aspects. From an emotional perspective, having a girlfriend can make it much more difficult to negotiate settlement. From a legal perspective, the only concern is financial- such as your friend spending money on his girlfriend or using marital funds for this purpose. Your friend should consult an attorney to weigh the pros and cons of his particular situation and make his decision with full...

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  10. How can i file for uncontested divorce in the state of MA when I have not been able to locate my spouse for 2 1/2 years.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karla Mansur
    2. Marcia J Mavrides
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Elliot S Coren
    5. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    5 lawyer answers

    In addition to my colleague's answer, you have the option of filing a contested divorce on the fault ground of abandonment, rather than a contested no-fault ground under Mass law chapter 208, section 1B. Under a fault ground , you don't have to wait six months to have a judge hear your case, as you do under 1B. Service can be by publication, with a court order allowing this alternative service. Good luck.

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