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12 of the Most Common Divorce-Related Questions

Hi there, If you’re considering a divorce, prepare to face some of the most difficult questions of your life. The divorce process doesn’t have to be a minefield of uncertainty, though. Some of the most common mistakes are also the most avoidable, as long as you have the right direction. Join my colleague, attorney Michael … Continue Reading

New Changes to the Parent Education Program in Massachusetts

As a family law attorney, I’m often met with surprise (even outrage!) when I tell my clients that they’re required to participate in a Parent Education Program in connection with their Massachusetts divorce. People always say that it’s so much easier to get married than it is to get divorced, and that’s not entirely without … Continue Reading

Divorce and the Common Interest Privilege

Privilege is one of the most important legal concepts that an attorney can be versed in. Inadvertently waiving the attorney/client privilege or the psychotherapist/patient privilege, for example, can have dire consequences for clients and attorneys alike. An interesting blog post by our esteemed colleagues in the Business Litigation and Employment Law groups got me (well, … Continue Reading

In Divorce Law, as in Life, Privileges Count

Hi there, Privileges in litigation are important tools they generally mean information can be withheld from the other side and the court because the privilege exists. In matrimonial litigation (I love big words) a frequently invoked privilege is really a disqualification which means that private conversations between spouses can stay private. Other frequently used privileges … Continue Reading

Appeals: Not All Courts Are Created Equal

Hi there, I hope you are all staying cool. It’s brutal out there today! The court system is hierarchical. Each court has authority to render judgments and decisions but until you hit the Supreme Judicial Court, those judgments can be appealed only if the judge somehow did not comply with the rules that govern hearings and … Continue Reading

What Is a Deposition?

Hi there, A deposition is a tool that lawyers use to get information from witnesses or from the other side. It’s one of the most effective tools the lawyers have, both to find out what has really gone on and to discover what kind of a witness their client and the other side will be. It’s a … Continue Reading

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those things that is extremely important but usually only interesting to lawyers. Its timing is important in Massachusetts because the length of the … Continue Reading

Start Your New Life!

“Don’t hold together what must fall apart. The familiar life crumbles so the new life can begin.” — Bryant McGill Hi there, A friend recently sent me that quote. I love it because it’s so hopeful. February and March are historically a very busy time for new divorce filings. In general, divorce attorneys see a lot … Continue Reading

Lawyers, Legalese and Latin: Why Lawyers Are Such Language Junkies

Hi there, I think of myself as a down-to-earth person,  but I unthinkingly use language that is the opposite. I blame this on my law school education, although I think lawyers self-select with a love of language and words. Last week’s post was titled “Domestic Violence Redux.”  It wasn’t until I was asked for the … Continue Reading

Body Language in Court

Hi there, Summer is almost here (thank goodness!), and instead of my usual rant on what NOT to wear to court I thought I’d write about body language in court. Body language and facial expression are more important than you might think. Most first impressions are made in the first few seconds, and in that time it’s … Continue Reading

In Divorce, Compromise is NOT a Dirty Word

Hi there, While listening to the recent doom and gloom about the government shutdown, I was incredibly annoyed by the perception that everyone in elected office in Washington should have been forced to compromise by their own common sense. It also occurred to me that Washington is not unlike divorce court. Opposing sides, rigid positions, angry murmurs — … Continue Reading

Did you know? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Hi there, Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? I hadn’t, although as a survivor I do know it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am pretty conscious of how public the Internet is and how dangerous being online can get if you are in the process of divorcing.  I have … Continue Reading

Parental Alienation: Part 2

Hi there, Parental alienation in the divorce process may be an unavoidable fact of life.  Bad situations can make good people behave in destructive ways, and, of course, not everyone pursuing divorce is a good person. As I started to discuss in my last post, there seems to me to be a dramatic increase in the number of divorce cases … Continue Reading