Upon the filing a Complaint for Divorce, both parties become subject to the Automatic Restraining Order under Massachusetts Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 411.
This rule prohibits each party from dissipating assets, burdening the other party with debt, removing the other party as a beneficiary under any insurance, pension or retirement plans, and allowing medical, dental, life, automobile and disability insurance coverage for the other party or the minor children to lapse.
The purpose behind this rule is to maintain the status quo until a divorce judgment is entered.
Since there are a number of exceptions to the automatic prohibitions under Rule 411, before taking any action that could be considered a violation, you should consult with your attorney. Being held in contempt of court for violating Rule 411 can have a significant adverse impact on your case.
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