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Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor

What you never thought you'd need to know about divorce

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

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody, Celebrity Trash, Parenting, Children & Divorce
Apples

Between Apple and conscious uncoupling, I can’t decide which is more “creative.”

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, and called it “conscious uncoupling,” a peculiar choice. Coming from a couple who named their child after a fruit, it’s somehow not all that surprising.

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Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Posted in Divorce Process
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Who knew Facebook could be good for more than sharing funny cat photos?

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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 term of alimony is dependent on it. Otherwise and critically the purpose is to give the other side notice of the divorce. Fairness and due process require this. But in some cases, the other side is missing with no forwarding address or they are deliberately evading service.

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Start your new life!

Posted in Divorce Planning, Divorce Process

“Don’t hold together what must fall apart. The familiar life crumbles so the new life can begin.”
Bryant McGill

Staying hydrated is good advice for both marathons and divorces!

Staying hydrated is good for both marathons and divorces!

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 of new clients in the first quarter of any year. While gyms fill up in the new year as well, it’s been my experience more folks follow through with resolutions to end their marriages, than with resolutions to get fit. A sorry commentary, superficially, but it can be hopeful or even positive when looked at in the light of the quote above.

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