Can Social Media Be Used in Divorce Court?

Some say Facebook breaks up more relationships than anything else.  A study conducted by Pew Research Center seems to back this up, where they report that there is, in fact, a documented correlation between excessive social media use and conflict in relationships. The conflict that stems from social media can be bad enough when a couple is getting along, but it can be highly exacerbated during divorce cases, Read More

How Will Disability Affect My Divorce?

A divorce can be complicated and exhausting for everyone involved, but for those dealing with one or both of the spouses having a disability, it may heighten the complexity of alimony or child support issues. How Can a Disability Affect an Alimony Award? Alimony payments are court-ordered payments made from one spouse to another after a divorce to help the spouse being paid the alimony support him or herself after Read More

Factors That Decide Child Custody in Massachusetts

Going through a divorce can be a stressful and complicated time for everyone involved. One of the most important issues that parents may be concerned about is determining child custody. When making a contested custody decision in court, the judge will always rule with the best interests of the children in mind. Although there are not necessarily hard rules for determining the best interests of the children, here Read More

What Rights Do I Have to Visit with My Grandchildren?

Divorces can be complicated and tricky situations to navigate. While most people understand that the separating couple must make custody and visitation arrangements, grandparents are often forgotten in the process. Grandparents’ rights vary from state to state, and in Massachusetts, pursuing visitation rights with your grandkids can be a challenge. Fortunately, a skilled family lawyer might be able to Read More

What To Expect When You Go To Court

“What's going to happen when we go to court?” The answer to that varies based on why you're going to court and where you're going to court. Are you going to court because it's a motion for temporary orders? Are you going on a contempt? Are you going on a pretrial? Are you going on a trial? They are different processes and when you go, the procedure for how it all comes about is going to be slightly different. It also Read More

Do I really need an Attorney to get divorced?

I get the question every so often: “Do I really need an attorney for my divorce?”. The short answer is no, no you don’t. You can do it yourself. However, it is a risk; and if you take that risk, what could potentially happen, is you could be one of the clients that come back to me later saying, “I really messed up,” or “I didn’t get the outcome that I was looking for, and now I need you to go back and refight it.” Read More

Christmas Just Isn’t The Same After Divorce

Breaking up a relationship undeniably brings about many changes. One change that almost everyone has to deal with and oftentimes spend a lot of time arguing about, but not a lot of people talk about how it actually works out, is your first Christmas where you don’t get to spend it with your kids. I remember it clearly, and it absolutely sucked. Christmas is a time of joy and excitement; of family and Read More

Getting Divorced 101

Welcome to our first Q&A!  This week’s blog is going to answer some very basic questions about the different avenues a person can take in the state of Massachusetts when moving through the divorce process.   Let’s dive right in! Q: What is mediation and what does it mean for me? A:  Mediation is a process by which two parties hire a neutral third party to help facilitate a productive discussion with the end Read More

What do you mean I have to give up custody of my friends?!

By its very nature, divorce means going through every part of the life that you built with your spouse and figuring out the best way to separate your life from theirs.  What happens with the house?  Will I be able to find an apartment that will accept our dog?  What will our parenting schedule look like for the kids?  Who gets the vacation home?  Sometimes you’ll find out that you’re willing to give up one part of Read More

I’ve Found My Divorce Attorney…Now What?

Congratulations!  You’ve done it!  You spent hours reading reviews, asking friends, searching your area, explaining the personal details of your situation over and over again to a handful of strangers, thought about it, and maybe even gone in for a face to face consult or two but you did it – you’ve hired an attorney to represent you in your divorce.  If you’ve read our last post about how hiring an attorney is kind Read More