Tag Archives: divorce

Same Sex Marriage

I will be participating in preparing briefs on behalf of the amicus committee for the AAML for the oral arguments in D.C. for this VERY exciting case. @nytimes http://t.co/yJP2GHDlvb #divorce # familylaw

Child Visitation and Divorce Cases in MA

The term visitation is becoming archaic in divorce actions. With the increasing involvement of both parties with the children of their relationship, the more appropriate term to use is “parenting plan”. In other words, taking into account the age and needs of the child as well as the schedules of the child and the parents, […]

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MODIFICATION OF DIVORCE AGREEMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS

When we meet to discuss modification, the first issue I need to determine with you is whether or not the order/judgment can be modified. When a divorce agreement is prepared and submitted to the probate court for approval, once the judge approves the agreement, the question becomes, does the agreement merge or does it survive. […]

Divorce Cases in Massachusetts

I have been representing clients in Massachusetts who are involved in uncontested as well as contested divorces for thirty eight years. In that time period I have experienced different types of cases that might fit into categories, but each case is unique based upon its own set of facts. What I mean by this statement […]

DIVORCE AND EXPECTATIONS

The purpose of this article is to describe expectations after you have selected an attorney to file for divorce. This is not intended as a comprehensive study but rather as a general guide which raises some issues that you may encounter and hopefully to help you understand the process better. Nor should this writing be […]

CHILDREN CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF DIVORCING PARENTS

Can you imagine how incredibly difficult it is for children who love and trust their parents to hear each say contrary and belligerent things about the other parent? Can you imagine the stress these children who are in the middle of a battlefield experience as drones and rockets explode over their heads? I am seemingly […]

FROM US TO YOU

Irrespective of your religion and ethnic affiliation, the holidays have a special impact on our lives. If you are a true believer, agnostic or atheist, you must recognize that people of all countries acknowledge, now for many centuries, something that is more powerful and bigger than all of us.  I see the celebration of the […]

CHRISTMAS AND PARENTING PLANS

Sharing time with your children during the holidays is easier said than done.  If you were to visit the family services department (now referred to as the probation department) of any probate court in Massachusetts during this wondrous holiday season, you would see distressed moms and dads, either armed with lawyers or not, waiting to […]

Have Fault Grounds Lost Their Relevancy in Today’s Society?

Until 1974, when the legislature enacted irretrievable breakdown  as grounds for divorce via Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 208, Sections 1A and 1B, in order to secure a divorce in Massachusetts fault had to be alleged and proved in court. The basic grounds that were listed and still are listed in section 1 of Massachusetts General Laws, […]

What is Alimony?

For the 38 years that I have practiced divorce law, the word alimony has been the anathema to those divorcing individuals and an obligation, in their view, to be avoided.   With the enactment of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, your basic understanding of what alimony is should be a prerequisite to your understanding the […]