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How do I manage my anger during the holidays?

My ex and I just went through a bitter divorce.  Now she has a new boyfriend (the cause of the breakup) and wants him to be part of the childrens’ Christmas, other holidays and vacation. I am very angry but do not want to taint my children against their mom.  I...

Appeal after Self Representing

Can I appeal if I represented myself in the original case? Yes you can…but you shouldn’t.  Appeals are complex.  It’s very unlike what you experienced in your trial case.  Appeals are all about the procedures which means there are filing rules that...

Visiting Parent Hasn’t Kept Up With Custody

Q: Visiting parent who hasn’t kept up with custody, what happens? Does he or she lose rights?  Normally and then in today’s COVID days? A parent who is awarded parenting time has the choice to exercise his/her time.  If he or she does not exercise awarded time, she is...

Is It Contempt?

Is it contempt if one parent does not pick up children on assigned day It is not necessarily a “contempt” if a parent does not exercise parenting time.  However, if the parent does not present for parenting time and it costs the other parent financially (ie time off...

Can Child Support Get Money from A Second Job?

If I Get a Second Job or Have Additional Income, Will Child Support Be Changed to Include It? In Massachusetts, the court determines whether to consider income from a second job after examining the history of the income (for how long it has been received, whether it...
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