Conflicts With Court Ordered Parenting Time

It is frequently asked by parents living under parenting schedules ordered by the Court, what can they do to get the other parent to be more cooperative in last minute or long term plans that conflict with the parenting schedule. Frankly, there are not that many options.  A parent has the right to go to […]

SEPARATION v. DIVORCE

Dissolution of a marriage can only happen through a divorce decree issued by a Court of competent jurisdiction. However, many states issue “legal separation”, “conversion divorce”or “separate support” judgments– which fall short of a divorce but still address certain marital situations. A legal separation and separate support are types of applications to the court to recognize that […]

Can I Protect My Pension From My Soon-to-be Ex?

MA adopts the position that ALL assets of the parties (individual and marital) are put on the table for distribution at time of divorce. Many states honor “separate property” doctrine at time of divorce–that is property the parties’ owned before marriage or in their name only — but MA does not.  So, any pension in […]

What is a “Motion” and How Do You File One in the Family Court?

The question was put to me: What do I say on the motion form provided by the court when it asks “Motion For ______________”? I’m going to assume you are a layperson (nonlawyer) trying to file something in court “pro se”–that is, on your own and without a lawyer.  A bit of civil procedure rules […]

Can a Separation Agreement be changed after Judgment?

It is unclear what you are referring to when you say “Separation Agreement”. MA does not recognize legal separations;it does however allow for actions for Separate Support. Agreements for separate support address only the custody and financial needs of the (custodial) spouse and the children (they do not address distribution of marital assets). Unlike in […]

When Can I Stop Paying Child Support? :-(

“My kid is 18 now.  Can I just stop paying child support to his mother?” I haven’t run the stats on this, but its my unofficial opinion that this is the most commonly asked question from people looking up legal advice in child support matters on line this year.  As we Baby Boomers age, our children […]

MATTA LAW reaches new benchmark

MATTA LAW’S Attorney, Estela Matta, has reached a benchmark of over one thousand of YOUR legal questions answered. More than 750 unaffiliated attorneys have concurred and agreed with the legal content, quality and particularized information provided by Attorney Matta in answer to your individual legal concerns. Keeps your questions coming! When your case matters–call Matta Law.  A proven record of […]

Dad Must Pay Half of Daughter’s Law School Costs

Reprinted by Permission – American Bar Association Journal By Debra Cassens Weiss A Rutgers University history professor will have to pick up half the cost of his daughter’s education at Cornell Law School, which will cost him about $112,500, according to a New Jersey appeals court. James Livingston is required to pick up the tab because […]

How to Find Your Spouse’s Hidden Assets.

What ever happened to that collection of priceless sports memorabilia? What did she do with all the expensive jewelry you gave her over the years?  Are you shocked that your soon-to-be-Ex’s Sworn Financial Disclosure Statement didn’t mention that 2nd IRA you know he has? Divorcing spouses in all states can use powerful legal tools, called “discovery,” to help them […]

What affect, if any, to giving birth in another state for custodial purposes?

Where a child is born is very significant, in terms of what state has jurisdiction over the child, esp if an interstate custody dispute should arise. Pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Enforcement laws, where the child is born and lives for the first six months of it’s life is the state that has jurisdiction […]