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Alimony & Property Division

by Justin L. Kelsey, Esq. Kelsey & Trask, P.C. Alimony & Property Division: 7 Lessons from the Appeals Court The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 took effect on March 1, 2012 and significantly changed the law in Massachusetts relating to awards of alimony. Today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court released an opinion that addresses some of […]

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Mediation or Arbitration?

By Anthony C. Adamopoulos, Esq. Divorce Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – Mediation or Arbitration? The two most common divorce alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures are mediation and divorce arbitration. While each is an effective alternative, each serves a different purpose and each has its own format. Divorce mediation is a form of dispute negotiation between […]

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Parenting Coordination: When Is It Time?

By Tony Pelusi, Attorney and Professional Coach Some decisions are easy to make. “Want fries with that?” Should you run the red light in front on that cop? Would you share your personal info online “to earn $5,000 a day from home”? In simple situations, common sense and life experience can help you make the […]

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The Effect of Substance Use on Finances and Divorce

The following is a guest post by Saint Jude Retreats, an alternative to traditional substance use treatment. Saint Jude Retreats provides a program for people with substance use problems that concentrates on self-directed positive and permanent change. Through the program, we offer the opportunity for individuals to self-evaluate and explore avenues for life enhancement. Pouring […]

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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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