Can both spouses file for temporary orders in Massachusetts? And what happens if both spouses request the same order?

Either party can file any motions it deems necessary and appropriate to advance its case; that includes motions for temporary orders. If both parties file timely motions for temporary orders, the court will hear both sides the same day. (Your lawyer  or the clerk of the court will tell you about how to notice the … Continue reading Can both spouses file for temporary orders in Massachusetts? And what happens if both spouses request the same order?

How can I get rid of a DV Restraining Order?

In Massachusetts, the process of "vacating" (using the legal term) or modifying a 209A Abuse Prevention Order, i.e a Restraining Order or "RO", depends on a number of factors: (a) which court issued the RO (b) whether you are the victim/complainant or the defendant (c) whether there was an arrest and criminal charges were filed … Continue reading How can I get rid of a DV Restraining Order?

I’m 16 yrs old. How can I become “emancipated”?

In some rare instances the courts have allowed a minor to become "Emancipated"--to assume their own responsibility for their own care and to severe the obligation for such care with the parent(s). In order for a court to allow such a legal severance of the parental duties, a petition must be file before a court … Continue reading I’m 16 yrs old. How can I become “emancipated”?