Divorce in the Time of the Coronavirus

Filing for a contested divorce in Probate and Family Court during the best of times is time consuming, expensive, and stressful. With the onset of COVID-19, AKA Coronavirus, we are suddenly living in a time of great fear and uncertainty. Ordinary life has come to a grinding halt. On March 18, 2020,...

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Moving Towards A Better Way

Observations on transforming a litigation-based family law practice to one focused on alternative dispute resolution.

As an advocate and litigator, although I have always enjoyed spirited legal argument, I have been fundamentally troubled by negative aspects of civil and family law litigation that sometimes can occur:...

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Everything Is Income

In case the Child Support Guidelines have not yet made this fact clear enough, everything, everything, everything a party earns may be considered income for purposes of child support calculation.  In Hoegen v. Hoegen, 89 Mass. App. Ct. 6 (2016), the Appeals Court reversed a Probate Court decision that a father was not obligated...

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Trust Issues

Trusts are a source of much uncertainty in division of marital assets, calling for caution and compromise by divorcing parties.  Nowhere is that principle better illustrated than in the case of Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a case initially decided by the Massachusetts Appeals Court, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 121 (2015), and recently overturned by...

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Drop Off The Key, Lee

Why it's hard to force a soon-to-be ex-spouse to leave the marital home -- and why that spouse should leave anyway.

You are getting divorced. You and your spouse are living in marital misery, hiding from each other in your own home, barely speaking, or only engaging in...

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