Family Law

The Benefits of Engaging a Parenting Coordinator

A Parent Coordinator is a Family Law Attorney or mental health professional who works with families relating to child custody and parenting time, whereby the Parent Coordinator assists parents to resolve and reach agreement concerning disagreements about co-parenting, custody, and the parenting schedule.    Parent Coordinators are commonly used in child custody and parenting matters in…

Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act: When Does my Alimony Obligation Terminate?

In March 2012, the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act became effective. Under the Alimony Reform Act, a spouse’s alimony obligation now has a termination date, whereas under previously Massachusetts alimony law, a spouse’s alimony obligation could last forever. To determine when your alimony obligation will terminate, you first must know what kind of alimony you are…

Handling a Child Custody Case

There are not many other types of court cases that are more emotional and stressful than a child custody case.  Because emotions are running high during these types of cases, parents can sometimes fall into pitfalls and traps, which can ultimately hurt their case down the road.  Here are some tips for parents going through…

Child Support, Alimony & Taxes

When going through a divorce, there are many financial issues that spouses must address. Some of these financial issues have tax consequences, and other financial issues do not. One area where taxes come into play is support. Under Massachusetts Law, there are two categories of support. The first category is alimony, which is the periodic…

Angelina and Brad reportedly have a prenup agreement. Family lawyers say you should, too.

Celebrity watchers reeled when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Sept. 19 after two years of marriage and 12 years together. While determining custody of their six children could prolong the divorce — Jolie is asking for physical custody — the task of dividing Brangelina’s estimated $400 million fortune may go quite…