Author Archives: Karla Mansur

Clarified Standard for Child Support Modifications

There has been some debate between judges and lawyers since the most recent child support guidelines went into effect in 2009 about the standard that must be met before a pre-existing child support order can be modified. Traditionally a Complaint … Continue reading

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Divorce – How Do I Get My Spouse To Leave the Marital Home?

When a couple is divorcing tensions often run high and this can make sharing a residence unpleasant in the least and dangerous in the worst circumstances. Most clients are surprised to find out that one party doesn’t have to leave … Continue reading

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What does Disney Land and the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts Have in Common?

I think lawyers and litigants alike can agree that Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts are definitely not the most magical place on earth, but one of the things they do have in common is long lines and even longer wait … Continue reading

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New Opinion from the Supreme Judicial Court Requires Probate Judges in Massachusetts to Consider Tax Consequence of Alimony

A New Take on Divorce and Taxes With tax season right around the corner many of us have taxes on the brain, and according to a new opinion issued by the S.J.C., so too must the Probate and Family Court … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Military Families One Step Closer to Receiving Equal Benefits

New Benefits Available to Same-Sex Couples In the last three years the military has made a number of substantial movements toward gender and same-sex equality for service members and partners of those serving in the armed forces.  Recently, Leon Panetta, … Continue reading

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Probate Courts Proposed Rule Change Could Make Filing Uncontested Modifications Much Easier

The Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts is proposing a change to the procedure for filing joint Complaints for Modifications in Massachusetts. The new procedure would allow parties to agree to modify certain terms of their divorce judgments, separation agreements, … Continue reading

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Modfication of Alimony & Retirement – Starting March 1, 2013

In March of 2012 alimony payors across the state rejoiced over the enactment of the new Alimony Reform Act. The Alimony Reform Act, among other things, provided the court and litigants with guidelines on durational limits and monetary amounts of … Continue reading

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Congress Lets the Violence Against Women Act Expire

The Violence Against Women Act that has been helping immigrant families escape horrific domestic violence situations since 1994 exists no longer. VAWA Expires  

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Joint Petition for Divorce / Uncontested Divorce

People always want to know what is the least expensive and fastest way to get a divorce. The answer for most people is a joint petition for divorce. I routinely help people with these either in the context of mediation … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Grounds for Divorce

It used to be that you could not get divorced in Massachusetts unless you could prove that your spouse was at fault for the deterioration of the marriage. The most common fault based grounds for divorce include: adultery, impotency, desertion, … Continue reading

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