Taking Control of Your Expenses After Divorce

By Diane C. Pappas, CDFA Be in Control of Your Finances Post-Divorce It is a known fact that a woman’s standard of living may drop significantly after a divorce, while a man’s standard of living either remains the same or increases. The reason for this is simple – there is just not enough money to […]

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Mediation: A Process for Empowerment of Both Parties

By Dr. Lynne Halem, Center for Mediation and Dispute Resolution Mediation has long been identified as a process which promotes the self-actualization or the empowerment of the individual participants. But what does empowerment mean? Clearly it would not be a “good” outcome for mediation to encourage individuals to learn to be aggressive or confrontational or […]

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Health Insurance After Divorce

By Diane C. Pappas, CDFA A client of mine recently asked what the following sentence in her separation agreement meant: “The husband shall maintain in full force and effect his current family health insurance coverage…for the benefit of the Wife for so long as it is available to her and for so long as she […]

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MA. Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure, Supplemental Rule 410. Mandatory Self Disclosure.

By Karen M. Buckley, Esq. The following Probate and Family Court Rule is included for your reference in order to help you prepare to collect the documentation necessary to present to the Court. The requirements are quite extensive and careful attention must be paid to the collection of the appropriate documents. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- (a) Initial Disclosures. […]

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Preparing for Divorce

By Karen M. Buckley, Esq. Divorce is a major life change for everyone in the family. Thus, as with any important decision, a person considering divorce should be as prepared and informed as possible when making this decision. This article will highlight several factors and issues which should be considered by a person contemplating divorce. […]

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Distributing Marital Assets

By Karen M. Buckley, Esq. SUMMARY OF CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED IN DISTRIBUTING MARITAL ASSETS [Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208, §34] The following information is presented to assist you in understanding some of the issues considered by the Court regarding domestic relations cases in accordance with Massachusetts statutes, case law and Rules of […]

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Divorce and Financial Aid – Which Parent Should Fill Out the FAFSA

By Diane C Pappas, CDFA It’s that time again, when households across the United States are anticipating the arrival of college acceptance letters and more importantly the arrival of the coveted financial aid award letter. If you are recently divorced, hopefully the consideration of which parent should fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Free […]

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