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Creating New Holiday Traditions for Children After a Divorce

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Divorce is difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for children. Once parents decide to divorce, the children then have to face the reality of their parents no longer living under the same roof. This is a difficult transition for almost all children, but it can be especially difficult at the holidays. Parents should stress to their children that it is okay to enjoy the holidays during this difficult time—at both parent’s homes.

But to help children transition … Read More »



FAQ’s About Divorce in Massachusetts

Here are some common FAQ’s About Divorce in Massachusetts:

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Q: Should I file first for divorce?

A: The answer to this question is largely a case-specific answer.

The determination of value of assets, which goes to the equitable division of marital assets pursuant to M.G.L. c. 208 §34, is determined from the date of marriage to the date the Defendant was served. Thus, if the plaintiff intends on acquiring substantial assets in the future, it could be beneficial to file for divorce prior to acquiring these assets.

Additionally, should the divorce case go to trial, the Plaintiff has the right to present their case first, along with the right of rebuttal after the Defendant has presented his/her side of the case. Being able to be the party to … Read More »



Mediating Your Prenuptial Agreement

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The Benefits of Using a Divorce Coach

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Types of Child Custody in Massachusetts

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When Can a Parent Receive a Retroactive Credit on Child Support?

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The New 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines: What’s New? What’s the Same?

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The Benefits of Settling Your Divorce or Family Law Case Outside of Court

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Can Alimony Last Past the Scheduled Termination Date?

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The Benefits of Engaging a Parenting Coordinator

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Some parents look at Parent Coordinators as someone who is a referee and quasi-judge who decides which parent “wins” or “loses” … Read More »



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