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Time Nearly Out for Massachusetts Senate to Pass Alimony Re-Reform Bill in 2016

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens checks the pulse of the Massachusetts Alimony Re-Reform Bill, which is mired in the state senate as the 2016 legislative session nears its close.

With the 2016 Massachusetts legislative session winding down, advocates fear an alimony “re-reform” bill that unanimously passed the House last month will die in the state senate after stalling in the Ways and Means […]

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Proving Cohabitation Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Josey Lyne Payne discusses the challenges of proving the cohabitation of an alimony recipient under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act.

Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act, one statutory factor for suspending, reducing or terminating a general term alimony award is cohabitation. Under the Act, alimony is defined as “the payment of support from a spouse, who has the ability […]

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By |July 20th, 2016|Categories: Alimony, Divorce, Family Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Moving (with Children) After Divorce in Massachusetts

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy uses a recent Appeals Court decision to illustrate the complications faced by former spouses who seek to move with their children following a divorce.
Like many states, Massachusetts has seen a significant push towards greater shared physical custody arrangements for divorced parents in recent years as a result of the father’s rights […]

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Massachusetts Divorce Law Round-Up: New Case Law in June 2016

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews three divorce-related decisions entered by Massachusetts appellate courts in June 2016.

Heading into the July 4th holiday, we thought w’d celebrate with a quick “case law round-up” blog featuring three major divorce-related decisions entered by the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in June 2016:

1. MARCI ROSENWASSER vs. RONALD ROSENWASSER – First up is […]

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Shared Physical Custody Bill Faces Voting Bottleneck in MA House Committee

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens checks in on the “child-centered family law”, which is awaiting a full vote before the Massachusetts House.

Last month, we provided an update on H.4107 – also known as the “Massachusetts Child-Centered Family Law”, which, at the time, was progressing through the Massachusetts house as the legislature’s July session approached. Today, we can report […]

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Alimony Re-Reform Passes Massachusetts House in Unanimous (156-0) Vote

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews the House’s unanimous approval of the Massachusetts Re-Reform Bill.

JUNE 22, 2016 – BOSTON – That didn’t take long. After writing this morning about a potential bottleneck preventing a vote on the Massachusetts Alimony Re-Reform Act – also known as the Massachusetts House Bill 4110, “An Act reforming alimony in the Commonwealth” – we can now report […]

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By |June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Alimony, Divorce|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Alimony Re-Reform Passes Massachusetts House in Unanimous (156-0) Vote

Alimony Re-Reform Bill Awaits Vote in House as MA Legislative Session Nears End

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens updates readers on the Alimony Re-Reform Act, which is awaiting a vote in the Massachusetts legislature.

Proponents of Massachusetts House Bill 4110, “An Act reforming alimony in the Commonwealth” (also known as the Alimony Re-Reform Act ), are urging supporters to contact legislators to encourage a vote on the bill, as Massachusetts inches closer […]

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By |June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Alimony, Divorce|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Alimony Re-Reform Bill Awaits Vote in House as MA Legislative Session Nears End

Complaints for Contempt for Violations of Visitation and Custody Orders in Massachusetts

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews Complaints for Contempt pertaining to custody, visitation and parenting time in Massachusetts.

As Part 2 of our blog series on Complaints for Contempt in Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, today’s blog will focus on Complaints for Contempt that are filed for the alleged violation of orders for custody, visitation and/or parenting time. The […]

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By |June 20th, 2016|Categories: Child Custody, Contempt, Family Law|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Complaints for Contempt for Violations of Visitation and Custody Orders in Massachusetts

Comments Now Open on 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens discusses the open comment period for the 2017 changes to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.

Every four years, Massachusetts updates its Child Support Guidelines based on changes recommended by the individuals appointed by Chief Justice Paula Carey to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force. The most recent edition of the Guidelines became effective on August […]

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A Broken Formula: Medical Insurance Costs under th... Attorney Jason V. Owens Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens suggests an alternative approach to calculating medical insurance costs under th...
By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Child Support, Family Law|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Comments Now Open on 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

Complaints for Contempt in Massachusetts: A Comprehensive Review of the Law of Contempt Actions in the Probate & Family Court

Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy provides a comprehensive review of the legal standards used to determine a Complaint for Contempt in Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts.

As Part 1 of our blog series on Complaints for Contempt in Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, today’s blog provides a overview of the law surrounding contempt actions in the Commonwealth. Every Massachusetts […]

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