Alimony: A Primer

What determines whether there will be an alimony award following your divorce? Here is a brief introduction to the purpose of alimony and the circumstances in which it is implicated in a divorce. The rationale behind alimony is that marriage is, among other things, an economic partnership. The Family and Probate Court is a court … More Alimony: A Primer

Financial Statements: An Ounce of Prevention In Your Family Law Case

If you are in court on a family law matter, and there are any financial issues at stake or potentially at stake – alimony, child support, separate support – you will be asked to fill out a financial statement. It is pink, it is detailed, it is tedious. It is also extremely important. It is … More Financial Statements: An Ounce of Prevention In Your Family Law Case

Do You Need to Re-Divorce Your Ex Spouse in Massachusetts If You Divorced Abroad? Maybe.

The short answer is yes, if you divorced your spouse abroad when you were both living in Massachusetts, and the marriage broke down in Massachusetts. Like many things in the law, there is no bright line separating a valid foreign divorce from an invalid foreign divorce. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208, section 39 states, “[I]f … More Do You Need to Re-Divorce Your Ex Spouse in Massachusetts If You Divorced Abroad? Maybe.

How to afford a lawyer when you can’t afford a lawyer: Limited Assistance Representation

Where is the jar labeled “Future legal needs”? One of the first questions clients ask me, once they have told me their story, is how much it is going to cost them to resolve their legal problem. And my honest answer, most of the time, is, “I don’t know.” This, of course, could not be … More How to afford a lawyer when you can’t afford a lawyer: Limited Assistance Representation