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Divorce Mediation – Is It Right for You?
Divorce is difficult, even when the parties agree they need to part ways. In many instances, being served with divorce papers is a surprise. Whether it is planned or not, the issues that need to be addressed are the same. Financial considerations including the distribution of assets and future support,...
Are Adoptees entitled to their adoption records?
On a general basis, information regarding a person’s adoption is not available for inspection, unless a judge of probate of the county where such records are kept, for good cause shown, shall otherwise order. However, an adopted person is entitled to nonidentifying data under G. L. c. 210,...
REMOVAL OF CHILDREN FROM MASSACHUSETTS AFTER A DIVORCE
An issue that often arises following a divorce of parents who share joint legal custody of their children is if the primary, physical custodian may be permitted to move outside Massachusetts with the children.
If the children are over 16 and want to accompany the custodial parent, then...
New domestic violence legislation
On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts adopted new legislation relating to domestic violence, inspired in part by the murder of Jennifer Martel by her boyfriend, Jared Remy. These laws have far-reaching implications in areas of criminal, employment, and domestic relations law.
Estate Planning Review
Has it been some time since you reviewed your estate plan?
An estate plan review is suggested every 3-5 years or upon a change to your wishes or circumstances; but with the recent changes to our laws, if you haven’t reviewed your estate plan recently, you may want to consider doing so.
Where to file a complaint for divorce:
Often times when someone is contemplating divorce, the question of where to file a complaint comes up. In some cases the answer is easy, at other times the answer is based on a number of factors very specific to each situation.
New Juvenile Criminal Statute
On September 18, 2013 Governor Duvall Patrick changed the long standing law in Massachusetts as it pertains to criminal law. The bill the Governor signed changed the age an individual can now be tried in adult court.
Previously individuals seventeen and above, if arrested, would be arraigned...
Cell Phone Searches
In today’s electronic world, police increasingly rely on technology as a tool to fight crime. In the last few weeks, the federal government’s secret program to gather and monitor phone and internet data has generated significant press coverage. Law enforcement officials routinely access social...
New Child Support Guidelines
The Massachusetts Trial Court has issued New Child Support Guidelines that will be effective on August 1, 2013. The new guidelines are based on a comprehensive review by the Child Support Guidelines Task Force . The Task Force which is chaired by Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula Carey...
Effective March 1, 2012, there have been dramatic changes enacted by statute as to how alimony/spousal support is to be calculated, how long it is to be paid and which provides a recognition that usual age of retirement is a reasonable time for alimony to be presumptively terminated.