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Karen M. Buckley

Newton Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. My husband and I are starting the divorce proceedings. This October, would have been our 10th anniversary.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. Kenneth P Doherty
    3. Catherine Taylor
    4. Kara J. Carey
    5. Kyle Piro
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    The length of the marriage, which is from date of marriage to the date of filing of the complaint, affects how long the alimony guidelines suggest the lower earning spouse is entitled to alimony. Length of the marriage can also affect property division, but the ten year vs. 9 yrs 10 months timing won't have an impact on property division. There are several other factors which do impact on property division, and possibly alimony, so would be beneficial for you to discuss your situation with a...

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  2. How do I get my ex-husband to actually PAY his child support for our child over 18? $3200/ month has become $200/month.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Julie Court Molloy
    2. Karen M. Buckley
    3. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    4. Stephen Daniel Karpf
    5. Kenneth P Doherty
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    I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. You can file a complaint for contempt, and file a motion to override the list & ask for a speedy hearing. You will need to spell out your financial situation and why you need relief as soon as possible. Middlesex Probate and Family Court does have a lawyer of the day program, who can help you fill out the necessary paperwork. Best of luck.

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  3. If there is no response to a divorce in Massachusetts what will happen next?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. Karla Mansur
    3. Catherine Taylor
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    5. Alan J Pransky
    5 lawyer answers

    If he fails to appear at a pretrial conference, the judge can grant the divorce and use your proposed judgment. A family law attorney can help advise you through this process. Best of luck.

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  4. Unmarried Dad is requesting temporary custody from me. Do I need a lawyer to go with me in court?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. Anton R. Reinert
    3. Philip W. Mason
    4. Alan J Pransky
    4 lawyer answers

    Given all the issues raised in your question, I would strongly suggest you retain a family law attorney to represent you in this matter. Custody cases are very fact specific, and motions tend to given less time to present all the facts and circumstances. Therefore it is important that you have an attorney assist you in providing the Court with an accurate picture of the current situation. Best of luck to you.

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  5. Is "primarily lives with" the same as "sole physical custody"?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. Karla Mansur
    3. Michael L Rich
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer depends upon the exact terms of the agreement you signed. There can be different "labels" but what really controls are the details, if any, of the agreement. What are the terms of the parenting plan? Please consult a family law attorney with your agreement, as well as any prior orders or judgments. The attorney will then be able to determine what the legal effect of what you signed is. Best of luck to you.

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  6. When can I end child support?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. Karla Mansur
    3. Anton R. Reinert
    4. Kyle Piro
    5. Jeffrey Allan Miller
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    Child support can last until 23 so long as a child is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate educational program & is principally dependent upon the parents. If the child reaches the age of 21 & graduates from college, the support may then be termianted.

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  7. I am legally disabled and being harrassed for child support on my son who is in the army reserves. He is 18

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Jessica M Walsh
    3 lawyer answers

    There are several possible grounds for modification: emancipation of the child, your disability and the mother's ability to work. All of these factors are very fact specific, and it is important that the factual groundwork be laid out clearly and precisely. I agree that you should consult an attorney and retain one to assist you in presenting the best case to the judge hearing the matter.

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  8. What happens at a P r e Trial Conference?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher John Finn
    2. Anjali Gupta Stevenson
    3. Karen M. Buckley
    4. Philip W. Mason
    5. Kenneth P Doherty
    5 lawyer answers

    Since you are represented by an attorney, you should ask him/her what to expect at the pretrial conference. Your attorney presumably has knowledge of all the facts of your case and is in the best position to advise you. Best of luck.

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  9. I got an Execution on Judgement for Summary Process for tenats that I have. They moved but did not pay, how can I collecct?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen M. Buckley
    2. George Charles Samiotes
    3. Constantine D. Buzunis
    4. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleague, and would recommend supplementary process. After the financial examination, the Court may order a payments schedule, which can be enforced through an execution of wages. If that is not available, there are others means of enforcing the payment schedule ordered by the Court, including a civil arrest warrant called a capias. You should consult a lawyer to help you understand your options. Best of luck.

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  10. Is there a law how long Judges can take in making a decision after a divorce trial? Cambridge, MA

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher John Finn
    2. Karen M. Buckley
    3. Emma A. Kremer
    4. Catherine Taylor
    5. Henry Lebensbaum
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    6 lawyer answers

    Decisions are supposed to be issued within 90 days, but the reality is it often takes longer than that. Pestering the judge for a decision can often be counter-productive.

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