Divorce and Children

Parenting Class Requirements for Divorced Parents in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts has done away with mandatory parenting classes for divorced parents. Some considered this process archaic, as divorce has become widely socially acceptable and is not necessarily detrimental to a child’s happiness or development.  The time when it can be appropriate is during a contested divorce, where custodial or financial decisions cannot be…

Vaccination and divorce

Major decisions such as non-emergency medical treatment, counseling, school choice and religious upbringing often come up between custodial parents’ post-divorce. If only one parent has sole custody, they are able to make all the decisions and are deemed the “custodial parent”. It has become more common over the last 30 years for parents to have…

High Net Worth Divorce – What Can We Learn from the Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Divorce

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from her husband of 7 years, rapper, Kanye West. The divorce is “amicable” and “irreconcilable differences” were stated as the reason for the breakup. What lessons can we learn from this celebrity divorce? It’s clear that even among celebrities money doesn’t always bring happiness. And this is just as…

Cryptocurrency and Divorce

In Massachusetts, the Probate and Family Court requires spouses to make a full financial disclosure in a divorce in order for the divorce to be granted.  That is accomplished through exchanging Rule 401 Financial Statements, exchanging Rule 410 financial disclosure, and conducting discovery through  interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and subpoenas.  It’s not uncommon…

What Are the Differences Between an ARC Attorney, Guardian ad Litem and Parenting Coordinator?

In high conflict custody cases in Massachusetts, there are many experts that can become involved in your case to help with the conflict and pending issues.  The most common experts are Guardians ad Litem, Parenting Coordinators, and ARC Attorneys.  However, many parents often confuse these roles.  This article will explain what each role is and…