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Kara J. Carey

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  • Can I end child support after my child attends 4 years of college even though she did not graduate. She is 22 now.

    4 years without a degree were completed in may 2013. she will enroll again in September just to continue to get money from me. Can I stop it? Also I show my tax returns annually per court order. Now my ex thinks they are suspicious and want to ge...

    Kara’s Answer

    You have several different questions in your post. Unfortunately, I cannot advise you with the brief information provided, as there is likely a Court Judgment from a trial, or a Separation Agreement that would govern your particular situation.

    I advise you meet with a family law attorney forthwith so that you do not put yourself in a position where you may violate the court order and risk a contempt.

    Best of luck.

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  • How long will my divorce take,my daughter is 8 years old

    I am married for nine years

    Kara’s Answer

    A divorce can be done quickly if there is complete agreement by the parties - although there is still a 120 day waiting period after the agreement is approved by the Court. However, if there are contested issues, the time can vary considerably among cases. If you are seeking a quick resolution, I recommend you contact a family law attorney in your area to assist you.

    Best of luck.

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  • Assault & Battery? Me? What happens next?

    Yesterday I had a huge lapse in judgement. My husband and I were cut off by a women and forced into a lane with oncoming traffic (residential area) because we couldn't stop in time to accommodate her move. My husband got in front of her car got o...

    Kara’s Answer

    I edited your topic heading as this is not a domestic violence matter, and you need a criminal defense attorney. Best of luck.

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  • In Massachusetts can my ex-wife go after my future wife-to-be's income to demand more alimony and child support?

    Such as yearly salary or Lottery winnings?

    Kara’s Answer

    The short answer is no, although there are certain circumstances in which it could occur. If your Wife files a Complaint for Modification seeking a change in support, I would immediately consult with a family law attorney.

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  • Have a court appointed lawyer that is not getting the motions into court or getting us into to see the judge.

    Have not seen my kids in three months. I want my kids back not just visitation. I've done everything DCF has asked me to do. I've seen my kids 5 times in a year when the judge ordered regular and frequent visits. The court order is not being f...

    Kara’s Answer

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    This is a difficult question to respond to without more facts about your case and a copy of the Court Order. If there is a clear and unequivocal court order that is not being followed, you can file a Complaint for Contempt. As you have an attorney, I would recommend that your first step is to meet with your attorney regarding your concerns, as there may be reasons why my suggestion about filing a Complaint for Contempt is not the appropriate resolution in your case.

    Best of luck, I imagine not seeing your children is very difficult.

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  • What can I do about my husband who doesn't want to pay child support until divorce is finalized?

    My husband and I decided to divorce and he moved out. We didn't even start the legal process of divorce, yet. However he refuses to pay for child support or for anything else. He earns 100000 while I hardly make 15.000?

    Kara’s Answer

    You need to file a Complaint for Divorce and a Motion for Temporary Orders with the Court, and then your Husband will be ordered to pay child support while the divorce is pending. I highly recommend you hire an attorney, or at least consult with an attorney on a Limited Representation basis. If you have funds in joint accounts, you can likely use those funds for legal fees; an attorney will be able to better advise you after a consultation and review of your family's financial picture.

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  • How long and much does it take before a person who doesn't pay child support to get on dead beat parent list? Does the

    Dor do this on their own, or needs a consent from the court. a little more than $5000.00 + interest is owed.

    Kara’s Answer

    If you are seeking enforcement of the Order and a monetary response, I would suggest that you file a Complaint for Contempt on your own. The DOR is extremely backed up, but you can file a Complaint for Contempt and get into Court, usually within a few weeks. The Judge may order the Father to pay something to you that day. I recommend you seek the assistance of an attorney in this matter.

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  • My daughter wants to return to Massachusetts with her children who were born there. She's in Ohio leaving the abusive father.

    My daughter gave birth in Massachusetts. The father of her child convinced her to move to Ohio for a better life. Life got worse with him becoming controlling and abusive. She has housing, food stamps and a job. He won't work. He gets verbally abu...

    Kara’s Answer

    Please be advised that I am not familiar with the domestic relations law of Ohio.

    Your daughter should really contact a family law attorney in Ohio. She may be able to just leave if there is no custody order in place since they are unmarried. However, before she does so, she should really speak with someone regarding the paternity laws in Ohio. It also sounds as if she should speak with a domestic abuse counselor to ensure that her and children remain safe.

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  • My ex was suppose to make a payment to me 5/1/13 do I take him back to court?

    It's all in the divorce decree

    Kara’s Answer

    I suggest that if he does not make the payment and is in clear violation of the Court Judgment, that you file a Complaint for Contempt. Best of luck.

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  • I have been married for 20 years and have not worked. I stayed home and raised the kids.

    I am now getting divorced so how long will I be able to receive alimony?

    Kara’s Answer

    In addition to the advise above, I also wanted to add that depending on the age of your children and your spouse's income, your case may be a child support case at this time and not an alimony case. You should really speak to a family law attorney to ensure that your future alimony interests, if any, are protected. The upfront cost of an attorney at this time could prevent you from losing your right to alimony in the future, which can amount to a significant sum over time.

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