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First SJC Clarification of the New Alimony Reform Act

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody, Court Decisions

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

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

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

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

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

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody, Parenting, Children & 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

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody, Parenting, Children & Divorce

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

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

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

More Kid Stuff

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

Hi there, It is great to be back in the real world outside of the courtroom.  Trials are fun, but life goes on and the emails and phone calls pile up.  My thanks to my colleague Andrea for her piece on parental alienation while I was otherwise occupied. I truly am disturbed by parental alienation cases. … Continue Reading

Pets and Divorce

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody, Holidays

Hi there, It’s coming up on Halloween and the pet stores are selling pet costumes… I have two big dogs and one very tough cat, and while I don’t think I’m going to be buying them costumes any time soon, I do understand the urge.  We think of and feel about our pets the way we do our children. … Continue Reading

Helping your kids with divorce

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

Hi there, It appears that the divorce rate is declining.  That can only be considered good news, but anecdotally I think it means that the percentage of tougher cases has increased for practitioners. I have noticed our group seems to have a never ending stream of custody cases.  I am in the middle of a custody… Continue Reading

Update on Alimony Reform Act

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

Hi there, I hope you are enjoying our belated summer weather as much as I have been.  I missed posting last week because I couldn’t drag myself out of my garden to sit at the computer. It looks like alimony reform is almost here! The next legislative steps appear pretty certain and those in the… Continue Reading

Alimony Reform in 2011?

Posted in Alimony and Child Custody

Hi there, Lately, I have been very bad about posting.  I spent the last two weeks in Florida with my grandchildren (and then recuperating from my grandchildren) and although I had lots of good resolutions about posting they seem to have gone the way of my good resolutions about not eating chocolate. However, here I… Continue Reading