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Can MA Spouses be Bound by a “Memo of Understanding” that Merely Outlines a Final Divorce Agreement?

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews a recent Massachusetts case in which a Probate and Family Court held that spouses were bound by a “memorandum of understanding” that outlined the terms of a future divorce agreement.

As litigious as divorce matters can be, the vast majority divorce cases end with a negotiated Separation Agreement. In fact, settlement can even occur mid-trial if the […]

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“Alimony Re-Reform Act” Inches Closer to Passage in Massachusetts House

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens provides an update on a Massachusetts bill that would revise the Alimony Reform Act to expand its application to all Massachusetts divorce cases.

In March, we blogged about Bill H.4034, “An Act reforming alimony in the Commonwealth”, a bill intended to update the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act (ARA) to make the Act’s provisions applicable to all […]

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How Do Legal Name Changes Work in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts probate and family lawyer Josey Lyne Payne reviews Change of Name Petitions in Massachusetts.

Many Massachusetts residents are unaware that, as an adult, a person can change his or her name, legally, for absolutely any reason, so long as the reason is considered valid by the Probate and Family Court (this really means that a person cannot seek a name […]

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By |May 18th, 2016|Categories: Family Law, Name Change|Tags: , |0 Comments

Deviations Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act

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New Parent Education Requirements in Divorce Cases

On May 1, 2016, the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court repealed Standing Order 4-08 relating to Parent Education Program attendance and replaced it with Standing Order 2-16.

The new Standing Order now requires all parties to a divorce action in which there are minor children to register with an approved program within thirty (30) days of […]

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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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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 Massachusetts prenuptial agreement, temporary alimony and family loans.  The primary issues in the case all could have […]

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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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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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Three Things that Mediation is NOT

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

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