Monday, September 28, 2020
A stipulated six-month suspension was accepted by a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for an attorney's conduct in his own divorce
In October 2015, a Probate and Family Court judge held the respondent in contempt for having willfully refused to pay $65,000 in child support, $137,000 in health insurance payments, $90,000 in college educational expenses, and $12,750 in uninsured medical expenses. He was ordered to pay the arrearages as well as his ex-wife’s attorney’s fees. The respondent made some payments, but he was again found in contempt in June 2018 for a willful failure to pay. He was ordered to pay additional attorney’s fees, and to continue paying $1,000 per month to cure a $285,750 arrearage. He willfully failed to comply with this order, and was again found in contempt in October 2018, this time for failure to pay $41,315 in child support and counsel fees. He was jailed. Upon his release, he failed to pay $12,745 in child support and counsel fees, and in January 2019 he was found in contempt a fourth time. This misconduct violated rules 3.4(c) (knowingly disobeying rules of tribunal); 8.4(d) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice) and 8.4(h) (conduct adversely reflecting on fitness to practice).