Divorce & Family Law

Why Divorce Mediation is Right for You

Mediation is the process of resolving your divorce on your own terms.  A mediator works with both parties to help them achieve resolution of their disputes.  Mediation, particularly in the age of the COVID-19, provides several benefits which include: Less expensive than litigation. You avoid the backlog in the Courts providing a more expedient resolution.

Tips on Filling Out Your Financial Statement Correctly in Divorce Matters

In all divorce cases it is required that the parties each complete a Financial Statement.  The Financial Statements are exchanged between the parties and filed with the Court.  Financial Statements are signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, therefore itis imperative that the information contained on your financial statement be accurate and contain all

How Does Retirement Affect Your Alimony?

Under the terms of the Alimony Reform Act (“Act”), which took effect on March 1, 2012, general term alimony shall terminate when the payor spouse reaches full retirement age. Retirement age is defined as the age at which the payor is eligible to receive full retirement benefits under the U.S. Old Age, Survivors, and Disability

Stock Options and Divorce

Did you know that stock options, whether vested or unvested, may count as “income” for purposes of calculating child support even if they are not vested? If the option doesn’t vest until after the termination of the marriage, the Court may apportion the options between marital and non-marital property. Unvested options may be considered as

When is a Pre-Marital Agreement Appropriate and Enforceable

The purpose of a Pre-Marital Agreement (also known as a Prenuptial Agreement) is to govern the respective rights of two people contemplating marriage in the event of termination of the marriage by death or divorce. Typically a Pre-Marital Agreement is used where there is a significant disparity in the income and/or assets between the parties,

Massachusetts 2009 Child Support Guidelines

As of January 1, 2009 the calculation of child support payments in Massachusetts has been changed. The new worksheet has been designed so that the income and certain of expenses of both the payor and the recipient are taken into consideration when calculating the final support order. The Child Support Guidelines apply to cases involving