Businesses and Divorce

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DIVISION OF BUSINESS INTERESTS IN THE MARITAL ESTATE

Divorcing when one or both parties hold an interest in a business requires additional information, analysis and consideration.  Any business interests in which either spouse possesses is subject to division during divorce proceedings in Massachusetts, just as any other forms of property and assets, including the martial home, stocks and other investments, pensions, and personal property.  How the business is divided depends upon many factors, such as the extent of either spouse’s involvement ...

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Using a Parent Coordinator

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Do I need a parent coordinator?

When representing clients in family related matters, often the most difficult issue is child custody. In many situations, the issues that caused the marriage to break down in the first place related to disagreements around parenting, and these differences become even more amplified when trying to co-parent after separation. One possible solution helping address these issues is by using a parent coordinator in the appropriate situation.

What is a parent coordinator?

A parent coordinator is an independent, ...

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When Living Together Matters in Property Division

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While Massachusetts does not recognize “common law” marriage, living together can have an effect on each party’s legal rights and obligations should they later legally marry and then divorce.

When determining alimony and property division in a divorce case, one of the many factors a judge is required to consider is the length of the marriage (G.L. c. 208 §34). Typically the length of the marriage is the time from the date of marriage to the date of service ...

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Top 10 Questions New Clients Ask About Divorce

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When we meet with a new client who is facing the possibility of a divorce or paternity action, we are asked many of the same questions about the process.  In many aspects the divorce or paternity process will be the same, although there will be differences based upon the specific facts of the case and the personalities of parties and their attorneys. Below are ten of the most common questions that we receive from new clients on our initial meeting.

  1. How ...
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Family Law Matters Podcast Episode 6 — Estate Planning and Divorce

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In this Family Law Matters Podcast, estate planning attorney Bridget Murray of Cannon Murray Law providesFamily Law Matters Podcast Estate Planning some important information regarding estate planning and how a divorce can affect your current estate plan, and what changes should immediately be made after divorce.

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Parties Cannot Agree to Exclude Income in Child Support Calculations

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The court recently considered the issue of what income to include as part of Can Parties Exclude Income for Child Supportthe child support calculation, and whether a mother had validly waived a portion of the father’s income for purposes of calculating child support.

In the recent Hoegen case (Hoegen v. Hoegen, 14P1491), the parties were divorced by way of an agreement.  As part of that agreement, ...

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Family Law Matters Podcast: How is my insurance affected by divorce?

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When going through something as emotional as a divorce, it is easy to overlook some of the finer details How will divorce affect my insuranceof your lives such as insurance.  In this Family Law Matters Podcast, insurance expert Kathryn Boudreau of Circle Insurance provides individuals  some important information regarding different lines of insurance for individuals and businesses.

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Affairs and Divorce – How the Courts View Spousal Misconduct

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Following the Ashley Madison website scandal, many legal scholars expected a frenzy of divorce filings would follow as Divorce Law and Affairspeople learned that their spouse was among those identified in the Ashley Madison hack. In fact, according to some statistics, Massachusetts was ranked seventh highest among states with active members at the time of the hack.  Opinions will vary as to whether this increase occurred, and in the meantime ...

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The Proposed Child Custody Law — Will It Make a Difference?

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Boston Family Law New Child Custody Law

There may be changes coming to the way child custody decisions are made by courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts if a proposed bill is passed into law by the state legislature. Bill S.834 has been presented to the legislature to replace the existing statute (Mass. General Laws Chapter 208, Section 31), and is currently under review and debate.

Section 31 has been ...

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Family Law Matters Podcast™ Four – Financial Concerns and Divorce

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In this Podcast we welcome Michael Murray of Peabody Wealth Advisors.  Mr. Murray is a Financial Effect of Divorcefinancial planner and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, an Investment Advisor Representative, and Registered Representative of SII Investments, Inc.®  In this Episode we discuss how divorce can be one of the most expensive decisions of a person’s life, yet many don’t consider serious financial concerns facing each side prior to making the decision ...

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