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2016 Best Legal Blog Competition

Hi there, Our team of attorney bloggers takes great pride in bringing you important legal updates and helpful suggestions. We’re honored to have been nominated for The Expert Institute’s 2016 Best Legal Blog Competition! This election year, there have been some tough choices to make. We’re glad that out of hundreds of competitors, our readers … 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

2016 Best Legal Blog Competition Nominations

If you find the Divorce Law Monitor blog to be helpful, we could use your assistance with something! Please indulge us as we ask for a quick favor. The Expert Institute is accepting nominations for the 2016 Best Legal Blog Competition, an annual list of the 100 best legal blogs. If Divorce Law Monitor is a … Continue Reading

Change Is Good – Handing Over the Reins

Hi there, In addition to being a busy practicing partner here at Burns & Levinson, I’ve been the chair of the Divorce & Family group and co-chair of the Private Client group since 1989. I’ve had the privilege of assisting more people than I can count through some of the most challenging times in their … Continue Reading

Sometimes Change is Good

Hi there, I spent the weekend celebrating my 50th wedding anniversary. I gave my husband a horse. Horses are high maintenance critters and I have come to realize that, due to the plethora of horses at our home, I haven’t been writing blog posts as often as I used to. To fix this, I’ve decided … 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

Social Data and Divorce: What is Your Data Predicting?

Hi there, This time of year there are always articles making their way around the internet about relationships and marriages. Facebook keeps all kinds of statistics and can tell from posts where folks are in their relationships. It is fascinating to me that they can track when the relationship gets serious, and when it goes bad. … Continue Reading

A Dramatic Few Weeks!

Hi there, I’ve been out of the office for a three-week period due to scheduled vacation plus the unexpected illness of a family member. I am really looking forward to getting back to work! Keeping in touch over the Internet can only go so far, but I have been watching with fascination as two sagas … Continue Reading

Boston Proud

Hi there, Sometimes the worst of humanity brings out the best — it’s certainly true of Boston this week.  It is true of  the ordinary folks running to help  the victims, of the police, fire, National Guard and medical personnel who did their jobs immediately and in a planned method that saved the death toll from being higher. And … Continue Reading

Divorce-related Articles on Twitter

Hi there, I’m on vacation, and since I can’t stand to not work (I know, I know) I have been trying to improve my Twitter skills. I just started on Twitter in December and am thrilled at the amount of information at my fingertips.  I probably “retweet” four or five excellent divorce-related articles daily, some of them … Continue Reading

Terrific Thoughts on Lawyering

Hi there, I should have put up a post on Martin Luther King Day, but I didn’t.  Then this morning Tax Girl had a truly wonderful post about being a lawyer, and Dr. King.  I am simply linking to this because it epitomizes for me (and I am sure for many of us) what being a lawyer … Continue Reading

Shameless Self Promotion

Hi there, I just got a call from the nice folks at Chronicle and they are re-airing the piece I was in about Cheating tomorrow night at 7:30pm on WCVB-Channel 5 Boston.  It really is very interesting, I actually learned that there are people who make a living trying to seduce their clients’ spouses! Who knew? … Continue Reading

Religious Divorces

Hi there, It’s a lousy, rainy day in Boston (don’t you hate rainy Mondays), so I decided to deal with an acrimonious, non-legal issue that can cause real problems. Catholics and Orthodox Jews both have a requirement that the believer obtain a religious divorce before he or she can remarry in their faith. The Catholic divorce … Continue Reading

And I thought I had heard it all!

Hi there, My family used to accuse me of missing birthdays and anniversaries, too true I fear, but I miss my own as well.  I just realized that February was the second anniversary of this blog! In honor of that I am posting a couple of really crazy items sent to me by Scott, one … Continue Reading

Fun in the Sun

It appears that the weather will be cooperating this weekend, so in honor of “beach weather” here is a list of the Top 10 US Beaches (courtesy of  Also this clip, sent to me by a colleague, made me smile – make sure to turn on your speakers! I hope you have a wonderful, … Continue Reading

We’re Turning 1!

Hi there, It is hard for me to believe today is the first anniversary of this blog. In some ways, it feels like I have always been doing it. I have learned so much, not only about the technology but about the web, social networking and the INCREDIBLE amount of information you can access online if you … Continue Reading

Monday’s Miscellany

Hi there; Happy Martin Luther King Day.  I have to confess that I don’t usually stop to consider MLK day, it just provides a welcome 3 day weekend in the middle of the winter. But this year, with the horrific situation in Haiti going on, it made me think about the heroism of ordinary people.  … Continue Reading

Monday’s Miscellany

Hi there! This appears to be the silly season for Monday :-) As a grandmother (and boy do I love saying that) I got a real giggle out of this piece from The Onion. Law firms at year end are all about collecting fees.  We as partners are barraged with reminders, lists and general nagging … Continue Reading