How Fast Can I Get A Divorce If I Can’t Locate My Spouse?

Respectfully, you seem to be a bit confused about the process involved in the dissolution of a marriage.  Lets start with: you cannot get a divorce if you cannot locate the other party. To begin the divorce process you must file a Complaint for Divorce with a court of competent jurisdiction (in Massachusetts, a Probate & … Continue reading How Fast Can I Get A Divorce If I Can’t Locate My Spouse?

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

I want to file a claim in Small Claims Court

Small claims is designed to be a summary and expedited procedure, so many of the litigation tools of a full trial process are not available to the parties. The rules of Evidence are relaxed (at the judge's discretion), but many procedural tools are limited or unavailable---such as "Discovery" and motion practice. There is usually only … Continue reading I want to file a claim in Small Claims Court