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Meredith Hurley Makin

Meredith Makin’s Answers

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  • When do alimony/child support payments begin?

    Meredith’s Answer

    You may want to consult with an attorney who can assist you in reviewing the terms of your Judgment. Unless the Separation Agreement or Judgment states otherwise, the payments should begin as of the date of the Judgment itself, not at the expiration of the 90 day Nisi period.

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  • So confused

    Meredith’s Answer

    You may want to consult with an attorney who can review the Court Order and better advise you as to how best to proceed and assist with preparing a Complaint for Contempt if necessary. You mentioned that your ex is not answering your phone calls, you may want to request contact in writing via text or email as well so that there is a documented paper trial confirming your efforts and the lack of response.

    Best of luck -

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  • After 41 years my husband left and he divorced me in Sept 2004. Alimony was set at $2200 a month as I am handicapped.

    Meredith’s Answer

    You should consult with a family law attorney to discuss further. It sounds like you may be able to file a Complaint for Contempt due to his unilateral reduction of support in 2005 and recent termination of support. A review of your Separation Agreement would be necessary to better advise as you as to what you could anticipate in terms of support moving forward in light of the Alimony Reform Act.

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  • Are judges familiar with what was said at previous child custody hearings or should i bring a transcript to refresh his memory?

    Meredith’s Answer

    It may be beneficial to request a copy of the hearings to then have transcribed by a stenographer. The judges hear numerous cases each day and may not recall the specifics as to what was said during your prior hearings.

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  • What specific paperwork do I need to file if I'm looking to get full physical custody of my 14 y/o son?

    Meredith’s Answer

    As suggested in the prior posts by my colleagues, I highly recommend that you consult with an attorney to discuss your rights, obligations, and expectations as the issue of retroactive support due to your ex may also become an issue. As suggested by Attorney Rao, a custody dispute can be quite complex such that having legal counsel assist you in navigating through the litigation process would be beneficial. Perhaps try to contact a local legal services program such as Neighborhood Legal Services or Greater Boston Legal Services to obtain a reduced fee or pro bono attorney. Best of luck -

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  • Who pays child support?

    Meredith’s Answer

    As stated in the previous answers, it is likely that your ex will be the obligor, and you will be the recipient ,of a child support order since you are the custodial parent. You should consult with an attorney to discuss further, as each case is fact specific. Best of luck -

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  • Should I modify visitation or file contempt? Or both. I have physical custody,

    Meredith’s Answer

    I recommend that you consult with an attorney to discuss your concerns further. If the other party is not violating the terms of a clear and unequivocal court order then a Complaint for Contempt would not be the proper pleading. If you are seeking to modify the current parenting plan based upon your concerns, and you are alleging that there has been a substantial and material change in circumstance since the date of the judgment/order then you may wish to proceed with filing the Complaint for Modification. Again, you should discuss further with an attorney to address your concerns.
    Best of luck -

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  • Are these grounds for modifying a divorce agreement?

    Meredith’s Answer

    What is the date of your Judgment of Divorce? The Child Support Guidelines changed in August 2013 such that you may want to discuss the merits of a Complaint for Modification with your attorney, particularly in light of your former spouse's increase in income and increase in the uninsured expenses associated with the children and your inability to satisfy such costs. You may want to confirm what the current Guidelines would provide for a child support order as they typically result in a lower amount. You may want to consult with your attorney to determine how best to proceed.

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  • My Ex Wife is asking for more child Support

    Meredith’s Answer

    You should consult with an attorney regarding the facts of your case. The new Child Support Guidelines provide that the Court may consider an upward adjustment to the Child Support Guideline calculation in the event parenting time for the non-custodial parent is less than 1/3 of the time. Nevertheless, the current Child Support Guideline calculation may be less than the original amount, depending upon the date of the original Judgment of Divorce. You should speak with an attorney to determine how best to proceed.

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  • Can we get emergency custody of my step children if birth mom is in rehab?

    Meredith’s Answer

    You should consult with a local Family Law attorney to discuss the propriety of filing a Complaint for Modification seeking a change in custody based upon the recent change in circumstances with regard to the Mother being admitted to a rehab facility and the ongoing substance abuse.

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