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

Massachusetts has taken 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 Massachusetts does not.  So, any pension … Continue reading Can I Protect My Pension From My Soon-to-be Ex?

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?