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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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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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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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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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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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