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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Guidelines for Parents After Separation

from Public Service Information Provided by Mass. Bar Foundation The behavior of parents has a great influence on the emotional adjustment of their children. This is equally true after the dissolution of a marriage. The following guidelines should help you and your children survive with a minimum amount of trauma. Before acting, think first of […]

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Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce

By Richard M. Novitch and Stephen N. Lander1 Incident to many (if not most) divorces in Massachusetts is the identification and equitable division of employee benefits: pensions, employer-provided life insurance, medical insurance, deferred compensation and defined benefit plans, and stock options, among others. While Massachusetts state law may dictate whether, and to what extent the […]

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Tax Planning Related to Divorce

By Lisa Cremonini, MBA, CFP After the festivities of the holidays, we enter a new season of giving and receiving known as tax time. We wait patiently for the mailperson to deliver our W2’s, and 1099’s. We gather our paperwork in order to calculate itemized deductions, capital gains, losses, alternative minimum tax just to name […]

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Same Sex Divorces: The Law is Not Equal

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution It seemed to Jane as if she and Alice had been a couple forever, if forever can be defined by twenty years of living together, raising children, and being each other’s best friend. They married in August 2004, celibrating with family and friends […]

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Divorce Mediation: Cost Saving Process

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director of The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, Wellesley, MA Daily we are bombarded with articles in the print media, blogs on the internet, and radio and television stories reporting the decline in divorce rates. The reason, all the media pronounce, is a byproduct of the bad economy. As the […]

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Choosing a Divorce Mediator

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director of The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, Wellesley, MA Two years of marital counseling has come to a crashing halt with the decision to divorce. Your therapist, you and your spouse agree that the differences between you are too great. As much as you both wish things could be […]

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Mediation – Is It Right For You?

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director of The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, Wellesley, MA Individuals considering divorce mediation frequently want to know whether or not they are appropriate mediation candidates. My husband is self-employed. My wife inherited money and property last year. My husband is very secretive. My wife keeps threatening to get even […]

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Collaborative Family Law – FAQ’s

Q. Does each client use an attorney specially trained in Collaborative Law (“CL”) ? A. Yes. One spouse can give the other one articles and the names of attorneys specially trained in both collaborative theory and skills in the hope of educating him/her about the benefits of using this process. Collaborative Law is voluntary and, […]

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