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The Crucial First Steps of a DCF “51A Investigation” for Child Abuse or Neglect in MA

Massachusetts family law lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews the crucial first steps taken by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) after there is a report of child neglect or abuse.

For many Massachusetts parents, a call from the Department of Child and Families (DCF) indicating that they are under investigation for abuse or neglect of their children feels like […]

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A Massachusetts Problem: Parental Discipline vs. C... Attorney Jason V. Owens Massachusetts family law lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews the growing confusion between "child abuse" and "parental discipline"...

Three Prenup Drafting Tips from the Appeals Court: Pisano v. Pisano

Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey provides three tips for drafting prenuptial agreements that are drawn the Massachusetts Appeals Court decision in Pasano v. Pasano (2015).

The Appeals Court ruled, in Pisano v. Pisano, on numerous issues involving a bifurcated trial, a prenuptial agreement, temporary alimony and family loans.  The primary issues in the case all could have been […]

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What Questions Should You Ask Before Hiring an Att... Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey provides a divorce mediator's perspective on the questions clients should ask before hiring a family l...
By |April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Divorce, Family Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stone v. Stone: When Probate and Family Court Judges Punish Dishonest or Overly-Litigious Parents by Changing Physical Custody of a Child

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy examines a Massachusetts Appeals Court decision demonstrating that probate and family court judges sometimes react to dishonest or overly-litigious parents by ordering a change in child custody.

Parties with experience in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts often have stories about the contentious nature of custody cases. Many can relate […]

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Four Common but Incorrect Assumptions about Legal ... Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews four common but incorrect assumptions about legal custody in Massachusetts. Attorney Nicole K. L...
Nicole K. Levy Guest Blogs on Legal Custody at Sca... Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy guest blogs on legal custody at Skylark Law & Mediation's divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, with her f...
By |April 20th, 2016|Categories: Child Custody, Family Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is the Fabric of the Marriage?

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Josey Lyne Payne discusses what the “fabric of the marriage” is and what it means in the context of a Massachusetts divorce.

On an organic level, divorce is quite literally the process by which your combined lives are severed from each other in a transactional way. The business-like approach to breaking the ties that […]

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SL&O Divorce Series: Step 9 – Divorce Negotia... Massachusetts divorce lawyer Josey Lyne Payne discusses the negotiation, settlement and separation agreements in a Massachusetts Divorce in Step 9 of ...

Three Things that Mediation is NOT

Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey presents a short primer on three things that divorce mediation is not.

Mediation has become a popular alternative to court proceedings, with mediators resolving disputes of all kinds ranging from private family matters to the very public NFL lockout. But there is still a significant amount of confusion about what is […]

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I’m in Mediation, do I need a Lawyer too? Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey reviews the pros and cons of hiring an attorney for a divorce mediation. Divorce Mediator Justin L. ...
What Questions Should You Ask Before Hiring a Divo... Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey reviews some of the questions worth asking before you select a mediator for your divorce: Divorce Me...
By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Divorce, Family Law, Mediation|Tags: |0 Comments

Massachusetts Breathalyzer Test under Fire in Court Case

On May 5, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will entertain the question of whether, in some or all instances, the right to an attorney attaches prior to the administration of the breathalyzer test in drunk driving cases.

The case arises out of a 2012 road stop and arrest of Timothea Neary-French for operating under […]

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Massachusetts Hardship Licenses and the First Offe... Attorney James M. Lynch Massachusetts DUI defense lawyer James M. Lynch reviews hardship licenses for first time DUI offenders in Massachusetts. If...

Massachusetts Practice: Motions to Withdraw and Informed Consent

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews how informed consent rules under the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct can affect Motions to Withdraw.

Among the least appetizing court appearances that an attorney must make is a motion to withdraw his or her representation from a client’s case.  Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.16 provides the many situations in […]

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New Judges at the Plymouth and Norfolk Probate �... Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews the latest changes to the lineup of  judges sitting at the Plymouth Probate and Family Court and N...
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Four Common but Incorrect Assumptions about Legal Custody in Massachusetts

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews four common but incorrect assumptions about legal custody in Massachusetts.

As guested-blogged by Nicole K. Levy at Skylark Law & Mediation’s divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, below please find Nicole’s complete, four-part series on legal custody in Massachusetts:
Assumption 1 – Access to School & Medical Records
Assumption 2 – Consent to Medical Treatment
Assumption […]

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By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: Child Custody, Family Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

SL&O Divorce Series: Step 10 – Divorce Trial (and the Many Challenges it Poses)

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Josey Lyne Payne discusses the trial process in a Massachusetts Divorce in Step 10 of the SL&O Divorce Series.
Thousands of books have been written about trial practice. Entire television networks dedicated to the subject have risen and fallen. Two thousands years ago, much of Rome was entranced by the the trial of Gaius Verres, as described by his […]

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SL&O Divorce Series: Step 7 – How Discovery i... Massachusetts divorce lawyer Josey Lyne Payne reviews how Discovery is Conducted in a Massachusetts Divorce Action in Step 7 of the SL&O Divorce...
By |April 11th, 2016|Categories: Divorce, Family Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Nicole K. Levy Guest Blogs on Legal Custody at Scaling the Summit: Assumption 4 of 4 – Presumption of Shared Legal Custody

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy guest blogs on legal custody at Skylark Law & Mediation’s divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, with her forth and final entry in the series, “Assumption 4 of 4 – Presumption of Shared Legal Custody”.

Nicole K. Levy of Stevenson, Lynch & Owens has posted her forth and final guest blogs on legal custody at Skylark Law […]

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Nicole K. Levy Guest Blogs on “Legal Custody... Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy is guest blogging on Skylark Law & Mediation's divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, about assumptions par...
By |April 8th, 2016|Categories: Child Custody, Family Law, SL&O News|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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