Robin M. Lynch Nardone

Robin M. Lynch Nardone

Robin focuses her practice on family law litigation and mediation, including high net worth divorce, high conflict custody/parenting disputes, same-sex marriage and divorce issues, paternity actions, removal cases, child support and alimony actions, as well as adoption. She was recently named as the new Chair of Burns & Levinson’s Divorce & Family Law group and the Co-Chair of the Private Client group.

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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

Words of Wisdom from Nancy Van Tine

You may know Nancy as the founder and editor of this terrific blog. Clients and colleagues know her as refreshingly honest, open, positive and tenacious – a challenging combination to find in this often contentious world of divorce law. Divorce is messy. Nancy always focuses on how to determine the best course of action for … Continue Reading

SJC Rules That a Biological Connection Is Not Required for Parentage

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled that a person may establish herself as a child’s presumptive parent without the need for a biological relationship to the child. The same-sex partner of a woman who gave birth to two children conceived via artificial insemination during their committed, but non-marital, relationship is entitled to the … Continue Reading

Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

In my previous post on Adopting a Stepchild, I explained the steps to go through for an uncontested adoption. Many adoptions are very simple and straightforward. However, in situations where there are disagreements about what is best for a child or a parent’s rights are being terminated, the courts must become further involved. The news … Continue Reading

How Do I Appeal a Divorce Judgment?

All too often after a divorce trial, one or both parties is unhappy with the decision reached by the trial judge. It could be about property division issues, custody and parenting, support or other matters within the Judgment. Not all hope is lost, though! You have the right to appeal a final judgment of the … Continue Reading

Adopting a Stepchild

I am frequently asked by stepparents what is involved in adopting their spouse’s child. The process is often quite simple, and brings a sense of wholeness and belonging to the child and family. How does this all work? There are two instances where the adoption of a stepchild is considered uncontested and can move easily … Continue Reading
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