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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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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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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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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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