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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Questions to Ask Your Attorney

Reprinted with permission from Susan Klueppel and Mary Brown, Attorneys at Law Do you charge for an initial consultation? If so, how much and will that be credited toward fees if I hire you? What percentage of your practice is devoted to family law? What experience do you have in cases like mine? What, if […]

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What Does a Lawyer Do?

Reprinted from Public Service Information Provided by Mass. Bar Association What Are a Lawyer’s Duties? By their oath of admission to practice, lawyers are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws and to render the highest fidelity toward their clients. They are prohibited by law from disclosing any information communicated in confidence. More importantly, a […]

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Finding a GOOD Divorce Lawyer

Reprinted with permission from Susan Klueppel and Mary Brown, Attorneys at Law Finding a lawyer who will provide good legal representation requires a certain amount of homework and research. The following is a list of possible resources available to anyone seeking an attorney: Referrals: From friends and/or other professionals who are familiar with a particular […]

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New Alimony Laws Arrive in Massachusetts

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director of The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, Wellesley, MA On March 1, 2012, a new era dawns in the history of alimony law. Responding to varied groups advocating, even demanding, change, long-awaited reform has made its way through years of legislative debate. The new law is being heralded by […]

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