Category Archives: Child Custody

Massachusetts Divorce & Taxes

By Massachusetts divorce lawyer and mediator Katherine Thomas Forget abut death and taxes, what about divorce and taxes? If you are getting a Massachusetts divorce, you have a lot to think about.   To make matters even more interesting, tax season is here. Please curtail your excitement. Tax commercials flood the airwaves, people stand in silly costumes by the side of the road, and the W2s have arrived.  CPAs retreat to the dark, deep chambers of their lairs. Completing and filing taxes can be painful enough (especially when you find out you owe more money to Uncle Sam), but couples who […]

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Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out! Tips for Divorced Parents Around the Holidays

It’s the holiday season! Whooooppeeeeee! Time to do fun holiday activities with your kids, buy them gifts, and let them eat all forms of seasonal deliciousness! But, BAH HUMBUG, what if you and your ex-spouse have differing ideas about what is appropriate holiday fun? Every parent wants to be the fun parent.  No one likes to be the Grinch, but what do you do if your ex-spouse’s overindulgence of the kids leaves you feeling like Scrooge? Or, what if the guilt of getting a divorce is turning into trying to make up for it by buying your child lots of […]

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Parenting Plan Challenges – Boston Divorce Lawyer

If you are a separated or divorced parent in Massachusetts, you are likely dealing with some disruption today.  I know this because today is Monday, and ends in a “y.”  Of course as parents, disruption is the norm, and we can handle it!   Parenting is certainly rewarding, but also presents challenges – especially during and after a divorce. Combine the regular parenting and custody issues such as communications and coordinating transportation and swirl in a Hurricane/Nor’easter for even more excitement!   The power just went off for the record.  Seriously. Sandy is wreaking havoc with power lines, tree branches, […]

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Massachusetts Custody & Child Support Lawyer Comments on Recent News Story

By Colleen Cunnally, Esq As a Massachusetts divorce and family law attorney and mediator, I’ve been following the case of the convicted rapist who, as a condition of his probation, was ordered to financially support the child born to his then eighth-grade victim.  The father’s age at the time of the offense has been reported at 20, but another story on the ABC News website reported his age at 17.  He and the victim met at a church youth group according to reports.   Now the father, who plead guilty and was sentenced to 16 years probation, wants access to […]

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Paternity in Massachusetts – Who’s Your Daddy?

By Colleen Cunnally, Esq. “Luke…I am your Father…” The movie quote by Darth Vader is actually “No, I am your Father,” but you get the point. Luke Skywalker did not discover Darth Vader was really his dad until he was a young man in the movie The Empire Strikes Back but let’s hope most children have the force with them much sooner and don’t have to wait so long for paternity to be established in Massachusetts. Roughly 41% of children born in the U.S. are born to unmarried moms.  The percent of children born out of wedlock dramatically increased toward the […]

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Milford, MA Divorce Mediation – Case Study

Note:  This post gives a glimpse into what an actual session with a divorce mediator from The Divorce Collaborative is like.  The facts are based upon a recent session wit clients from the Milford and Worcester, MA area. Earlier this week I was sitting with a couple from the Milford, MA area in our Franklin office.  It was their first divorce mediation session.  The couple has two young children and both parents work full-time.  Like many dual-income families, these parents had already decided they would each spend about the same amount of time with the kids, also known as shared […]

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The Age of Over-sharing…Massachusetts Divorce and Social Media

It is hard to find someone these days who does not have a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Myspace account, or one of each. Actually, does anyone still use Myspace? Social media accounts are great for communicating with friends, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new people. In fact, they are sometimes a little too effective..! Maybe you or your spouse did a little too much reconnecting? What you may not realize is that your Facebook page or Twitter account could be the evidence that is used AGAINST you in your own Massachusetts divorce.    The Age of Oversharing We share […]

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Not Making It in Massachusetts? Removal in Massachusetts Divorce Cases

After your Massachusetts divorce, maybe you want to move on with your life, maybe try living in a new place?   Perhaps you  have a job offer in another state, or your new spouse lives in Michigan (or hopefully somewhere warm)!  Perhaps you are sick and tired of New England winters or hurricane Irene has convinced you to run for higher ground.   Before you start packing those boxes, you need to know what is required under Massachusetts state law if you want to move away with your children. M.G.L. c. 208, Sec. 30 states that a minor child of […]

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Massachusetts Divorce & Limited Assistance Representation

Are you thinking about a Massachusetts divorce or do you have a post-divorce issue, such as a child support case before the probate and family court? Are you asking yourself these questions:  Do I really need an Attorney?  Can’t I represent myself? The short answer is, technically you are allowed to represent yourself.    Technically, you could also remove your own tonsils.   Alas, consider this quote… “A man who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  Abraham Lincoln Abe Lincoln was a wise man and of course a lawyer too!  Arguably, things have not changed much since 1865, […]

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Long Distance Parenting After Divorce

  By Stephen McDonough – A Massachusetts divorce and family lawyer and mediator at  The Divorce Collaborative We know that divorce is stressful on children as well as parents. Parenting can be a challenge even under the best of circumstances.  When a long-distance relocation of a parent is added into the child custody equation, even more effort is required from everyone. Such issues are not insurmountable, but planning, flexibility, good communications and a focus on what is best for the children will go far to promote happier kids and parents.    It is a good idea to work with an […]

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