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Steven R. Ballard

Wellesley Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. Someone hurt my daughter, can she sue, is there a time limit.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Steven R. Ballard
    2. Henry Lebensbaum
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    3 lawyer answers

    The statute of limitations is as follows: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 260, Section 4C. Actions for assault and battery alleging the defendant sexually abused a minor shall be commenced within three years of the acts alleged to have caused an injury or condition or within three years of the time the victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered that an emotional or psychological injury or condition was caused by said act, whichever period expires later; provided, however,...

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  2. How old dose a child have to be to choose where they live?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Steven R. Ballard
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    3 lawyer answers

    You think at a certain age, you can just choose, all by yourself, with which parent you will live. It doesn't exactly work like that, although as you are older, your preference will matter more. I am sorry you are experiencing this problem. Under certain circumstances, a court might appoint an attorney to represent you as a child, but under the facts you have suggested, that does not seem warranted; furthermore, you really do not need to be soliciting attorneys on the internet for your...

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  3. Can anyone recommend a reduced rate or pro bono lawyer for a civil case regarding child support? (Canton Probate Court)?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua N Robbins
    2. Steven R. Ballard
    2 lawyer answers

    As you already have a trial date set, it might be too late, but if you have no income and are on disability, you might be able to get some help from a legal services agency. You can find all of them, and do a search by zip code, at http://www.masslegalservices.org.

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  4. What impact does the new alimony law have on post divorce cohabitation to an alimony recipient it was not merged in the decree?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Steven R. Ballard
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    4. Anton R. Reinert
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    The part of the bill you are worried about is Section 49(d) (I quote only the first, principal part): "General term alimony shall be suspended, reduced or terminated upon the cohabitation of the recipient spouse when the payor shows that the recipient has maintained a common household, as defined below, with another person for a continuous period of at least 3 months...." But you are protected by the provision of Section 54(b): "Under no circumstances shall sections 48 to 55, inclusive,...

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  5. I have a felony (and a few misdemeanors) on my record from about 10 years ago. could i still go to school to become a paralegal?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Steven R. Ballard
    2. John E DeVito
    3. Dominic L. Pang
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    If you really, really want to do it, then go for it. Attorneys would probably be more likely than others to understand and forgive your past transgressions, and in some ways your past experience on the bad side of the law could help you to be a better paralegal. If you are planning on working in the criminal justice field, for example, you should have some personal insight into the system already, and that will help you in your work. But attorneys, like other employers, are looking to hire...

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  6. If someone is convicted of physical and sexual child abuse how long would they go to jail for?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Steven R. Ballard
    1 lawyer answer

    The question is too general, and can only get a general answer. The specific answer would depend upon the specific facts of that person's case. Was it indecent assault? Rape of a child (under 14) with force? Under 16? Was there no force, but the victim was a child who was not old enough to give her/his legal consent? What are the factual circumstances of the case? What do the victim and the victim's family want to do about this? Are they interested in getting the greatest punishment possible...

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  7. WHAT'S LIKELY GOING TO HAPPEN IN COURT?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Steven R. Ballard
    2. Neville Joseph Bedford
    2 lawyer answers

    You need a lawyer, pure and simple. Any good, experienced divorce lawyer will be able to assist you with all of your issues, including those related to domestic violence allegations, restraining orders and mental health issues. If you can hire an attorney, by borrowing money from relatives or otherwise coming up with the money for a retainer, do so immediately. It sounds as though you might qualify, based on your lack of income, for free legal assistance, and if so, it would be through the...

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  8. My washing machine is broken and my landlord is stating that it is my responsibility to fix it. Is that really the case?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Erik Hammarlund
    2. Steven R. Ballard
    2 lawyer answers

    My colleague said it very well: it depends on the facts, and if there are several things wrong in the apartment, you should see an attorney. Now that you have responded to make it clear that the washing machine is not yours, was put there by the landlord, and is actually in your own apartment, not in a common area, your case in expecting the landlord to repair or replace seems much stronger. By replacing the washing machines before, and by being aware of, and expecting you, to use them, his...

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  9. How do I get my personal property out of my husband's home?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Steven R. Ballard
    3. Teresa M. Harkins La Vita
    3 lawyer answers

    When you say "my attorney works against me and I do not have faith in her," It sounds like your biggest problem may be your relationship with your lawyer. You need to be on the same page. Concentrate on working out whatever problems you have with your lawyer, or get a new one. Meanwhile, do not miss any court date, or do anything else to sabotage your own case.

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  10. My child is being questioned at school by dcf without my consent or without me present.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Michael L Rich
    2. Steven R. Ballard
    3. Stephen Daniel Karpf
    4. E. Alexandra Golden
    4 lawyer answers

    As Attorneys Karpf and Golden correctly suggest, this current practice by the DCF has not been specifically prohibited and the DCF is currently getting away with this. However, as Attorney Michael Rich has also very eloquently stated, it is an open question whether this really is or should be deemed legal, and I agree with him that it is not and should not be deemed legal (well, he tends to agree it should be deemed illegal, whereas I strongly believe it should be declared illegal). See my...

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