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Do Durational Limits Apply to Cases That Were Resolved Before the Alimony Reform Act?

The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision of George v. George provides guidance in applying the durational limits contained in the Alimony Reform Act. The Alimony Reform Act, which went into effect in March 2012, provides that all alimony awards that predate the Act are deemed “general term alimony.” Under G.L. c. 208, §49(b), general term … Continue Reading

Military Pensions Could See Significant Changes

military pensionsPending Federal legislation could have a huge impact on how judges will divide military pensions during a divorce. In a previous post, I discussed at length how military pension plans currently could be divided in the context of a Massachusetts divorce matter. Massachusetts Probate and Family Court judges generally have the discretion to either divide … Continue Reading

Definition of Cohabitation Set in Recent Alimony Reform Act Interpretation

The latest in a series of cases interpreting and clarifying the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 has just been decided. Duff-Kareores vs. Kareores was decided by the Supreme Judicial Court on June 15, 2016. What’s the Story? The parties were married in 1995, had two children and divorced in 2004. They then lived separately, complying with … Continue Reading

It’s STILL Not Too Late to Act!

Hi there, I usually take no position on pending legislation but the proposed changes to the alimony law will adversely affect thousands of pre-existing divorce agreements. If you can, please take the time to read this update and consider calling or writing your State Representative and Senator. There is a lot of well organized force … Continue Reading

It’s Not Too Late to Act!

Hi there, Earlier in 2016 our Private Client group happily welcomed Ann “Hether” Hetherwick Cahill as an associate. Hether’s practice focuses on probate and family court litigation, including will contests, removal claims, trust disputes, equity actions, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and family law. We’re pleased to feature some of her thoughts on the recent developments … Continue Reading

Divorce and Lottery Winnings: What Are the Chances?

As people scramble to purchase Powerball tickets for a chance (however small) at the 1.3 billion dollar jackpot, the largest in U.S. history, I couldn’t help but think about the practical considerations that come into play when dealing with divorce and lottery winnings, especially for those who are divorcing, or already divorced. Sure, it’s nice … Continue Reading

Paltrow Isn’t Divorcing, She’s “Conscious Uncoupling”

Hi there, My clever coworker, Abigail Munafo, pointed out to me today that I have a category entitled “Celebrity Trash,” and I haven’t posted to it in a while. So, it was extremely timely to read that Gwyneth Paltrow is getting divorced from what’s his name. They chose to do it amicably, a good choice, … Continue Reading

The International Divorce and Hague Convention Maze

Hi there, One of the most horrifying things to happen in a divorce is to have the other parent take your child, go to another country and refuse to return. The Hague Convention is the international law that governs this type of kidnapping. Not all countries are signatories to the Hague Convention. There are also vast differences … Continue Reading

First SJC Clarification of the New Alimony Reform Act

Hi there, With the coming of spring comes a fresh interpretation of some relatively new legislation that has been closely watched by attorneys around Massachusetts. Any new law will require interpretation by the courts, going up through the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), before lawyers are sure of how the ambiguities in any new law will … Continue Reading

6 Changes to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

Hi there, The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines change on August 1, 2013. I have asked my colleague, Robin Lynch Nardone, to outline the major changes. There are significant changes, which help fix some of the unclear areas of the old guidelines. Best, Nancy   There are several changes from the previous guidelines to note, including: The 2013 … Continue Reading

Modification, Change is Hard

Hi there, I hope you all are enjoying this gorgeous weather, I love it!  We have been very busy here since March with a number of modification cases, as the new Alimony Law allowed for a large group of payors to file for modification at that time. Generally, modification occurs as a result of a major change … Continue Reading

5 Tips on Co-Parenting at the Beginning of Your Divorce

Hi there, Many of you will end up being able to co-parent admirably, and this will include many of you who are struggling with the tough initial stages of working out a co-parenting arrangement.  If no one is pathological, then time will generally settle things down. In the meantime, here are some tips to keep things from blowing … Continue Reading

Clarification of Standard for Modifying Child Support in Massachusetts

Hi there, On March 12, 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the standard for modification of child support under the Massachusetts child support guidelines in the case, Morales v. Morales. Before the Morales case there was an ambiguity in the law, where one portion indicated the standard for modification of child support payments was a material … Continue Reading

Holiday Parenting Schedules

Hi there, After the elections comes the holiday season.  This time of year is particularly tough for folks who have never gone through the holidays except as an intact family.  It is also a tough time for divorce lawyers and family courts, as lots of families are unable to settle holiday scheduling differences without recourse to … Continue Reading
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