Author Archives: Karla Mansur

Top 5 Reasons why a Military Divorce is Different from a Civilian Divorce

1. Service Members Relief Act. This act entitles those serving in the military and on active duty status to apply for a stay of divorce proceedings when because of their service there is a material effect on their ability to … Continue reading

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Divorce: Marital Property and Trust Assets

Many people assume that money or other assets held in a trust are protected from an order of property division in a divorce, but that is often not the case. Even where a trust isn’t considered for purposes of actually … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Alimony Reform and Termination of Payments upon Retirement Age

In March 2012 the Alimony Reform Act went into effect and with it came new grounds for termination of alimony. One of the most talked about grounds for termination was the payor reaching social security retirement age of sixty-six and … Continue reading

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Changes to Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines and Calculations

On August 1, 2013 the Chief Justice of the Trial Court released new child support guidelines, which appear to attempt to promote greater responsibility of the non-custodial parent in a child’s life by drawing a direct correlation between the amount … Continue reading

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Prenuptial Agreements

Let’s face it there is nothing romantic about a premarital agreement. When people ask you about your wedding planning I can guarantee they are not asking you how your prenuptial agreement negotiations are going.  Generally, most people are entering into … Continue reading

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Grandparent Visitation in Massachusetts

The nuclear family with a father who is the primary wage earner, the stay-at-home mom and 2.5 kids is no longer attainable for many families. It’s an ideal that for the majority of families does not fit their lifestyle or … Continue reading

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Why the 401 Financial Statement is the Most Important Document in your Divorce

The Rule 401 Financial Statements are pink fill-in-the-blank forms. They are very unassuming, mundane looking things, especially the short form for people whose income is under 75K per year. Most people have filled out longer forms than these at their … Continue reading

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Pre-Birth Orders & Surrogacy / Gestational Carrier Agreements

The birth of a child can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. Couples fantasize about the moment when that sweet little bundle of joy is placed in their arms, and they start making plans for … Continue reading

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De Facto Parent Status & Protecting your Parental Rights Through Co-Parent Adoption

Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, and while that was a landmark decision, making Massachusetts the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, it did little to define parenthood within these types of marriages. It wasn’t until February … Continue reading

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Child Custody & Removal Cases in Massachusetts

Anyone will tell you that the best thing for a child is to have both parents actively involved in their lives. It’s a common sense statement for those who have had the benefit of both parents being actively involved in … Continue reading

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