As for your circumstances, before disclosing anything I would be absolutely certain that you will receive an inheritance. Even if you have seen your Mother's Will and confirmed that you are a beneficiary, you won't likely know the exact amount of the inheritance until the estate has been probated and approved. Because you are required to sign the court Financial Statement under the pains and penalties of perjury, I would recommend disclosure of the inheritance, once confirmed, but probably...
If there are no children of the marriage you can probably move out of state but you will have to return for the hearings unless your presence is excused. I can't tell from your question if you would be the person filing for the divorce. My answer depends on whether the Court has jurisdiction over both of you at this time and how long you have resided in Massachusetts. Hindell Grossman@Grossman & Associates, Ltd., Newton & Nantucket, MA ---617.969.0069
Thanks for your inquiry.
I can't tell from your question whether the child support has continued at
the same amount after he brought the Complaint for Modification, or whether
it was reduced.
You didn't articulate any reason that the parenting plan should change other
than that he did not comply with it for a while. I understand that this is
confusing for the children to have a parenting plan which is a moving
target. If your husband does not regularly comply now and you see...
Thanks for your inquiry. There need not be actual physical harm to secure a
restraining order, only the threat of imminent bodily harm.
In addition, the Probate and Family Court has the authority to order someone
to vacate the marital home, recognizing that divorcing parties are not
likely to get along well.
A divorce action would need to be pending for the Court to order him to
vacate, and a document called a Motion to Vacate would need to be prepared,
filed and scheduled....
You will not be able to move to Georgia unless your spouse consents or the judge permits you to 'remove' the children from Massachusetts. Removal cases require a hearing considering the best interest of the children as well as a balancing of the parents' interests. There are cases which give some assistance in determining whether you have a good chance of prevailing a removal case, but the final judgment will turn on the facts of your case. Hindell Grossman@Grossman & Associates, Ltd.,...
Divorcing couples often get hung up over the division of personal property, which is completely understandable. Unfortunately, conflict over replaceable items can cost more than the item is worth. I suggest that you focus on the few items that are the most important to you and weigh the cost of replacing (and perhaps storing) the rest to determine whether they are worth fighting over. Perhaps giving the disputed items to a child, relative, or even a charity, is another alternative. Hope...
Thanks for your inquiry. I believe that since you were married more than 10
years you are entitled to half of your first husband's social security.
You can choose to take half of the amount he is eligible for, or your own
social security, if available. Please contact your Social Security Office
and have both of your social security numbers handy.
I hope this helps.
Hindell S. Grossman
Grossman & Associates, Ltd.
Newton & Nantucket
I think you are asking about two different legal processes, one which ends in a divorce and the other which essentially just allocates financial responsibilities but keeps you married, even if living apart. The answer depends on your goals and preferences. A therapist might be helpful to sort this out.
The cost is likely lower for the separation, as the focus of it is more limited. I hope this helps.
Hindell Grossman@Grossman & Associates, Ltd., Newton & Nantucket, MA --- 617-969-0069
Thanks for your inquiry. It is common for spouses to bully one another
while they are in the divorce process. I suspect his threats are merely to
bully you and to make you fearful. Divorcing is stressful, made more
difficult by this kind of threatening conduct and the uncertainty of the
future and the process..
People in stressful marriages, and even during the divorce, are often
prescribed anti-depressant medications. I would do whatever is needed to
keep yourself in...
You have two good options. First, if your Separation Agreement obligates
the two of you to exchange financial information for the purpose of
recalculating child support she must comply. If she does not comply you can
file a Complaint for Contempt with the Court. The form is available on
The second option is a Complaint for Modification. This process is the one
used to recalculate the support and will provide you with the mechanism to
request her self-employment...