Category Archives: News & Updates

Massachusetts Family Law Attorney Attends AFCC Conference in LA

  I recently attended a family law conference hosted by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) in Los Angeles, CA.  As a practicing Massachusetts divorce attorney and divorce mediator, I think it is important to get away once in a while to attend a professional development conference.  The best practitioners are those who are constantly learning about new developments in family law and mediation.  The information we learn not only benefits our clients but on a personal level, every time I attend a conference with esteemed colleagues, it reenergizes me!   The conference was well attended by family court […]

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Protecting Pets in Massachusetts Domestic Violence Cases

By Attorney Katherine Thomas There is a strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence conducted a study where 85.4 percent of women and 63 percent of children reported incidents of pet abuse after arriving at a shelter for domestic violence victims. On October 31, 2012, a new law went into effect in Massachusetts, which recognizes this correlation and offers protection to pets in domestic violence cases.   To read the new law, you can click here. Under the new law, a court may order through a restraining order, the possession, care and control […]

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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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Divorce Mediator – Bedford, Concord, Lexington, & Franklin MA Areas

If you need a divorce mediator in the Bedford, Concord, Lexington, or Franklin, MA areas, your options just increased!   The Massachusetts divorce and family law firm The Divorce Collaborative  is pleased to announce that Attorney Katherine Thomas recently completed her divorce and family mediation training in Boston. Attorney Thomas, a graduate of Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut Law School, joined The Divorce Collaborative in the Spring of 2011.  She volunteers with the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) and is a member of the Bedford Education Foundation. During the last year, Katherine has represented divorce clients in the […]

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Divorce and Real Estate in the Bedford, MA Area

By Bedford and Franklin, MA divorce attorney and mediator Stephen McDonough of The Divorce Collaborative.  Stephen is also a licensed Massachusetts real estate broker. Divorce oftentimes involves the sale and/or purchase of real estate.   Our friend and realtor Suzanne Koller, owner of Suzanne & Company, Keller Williams Realty, reports the market is definitely improved this spring in Bedford and surrounding towns such as Concord, Carlisle, and Lexington. In fact, multiple offers are not uncommon this spring for houses in good condition and in desirable communities in the metro-west Boston area.  Suzanne has an informative website and definitely has the pulse of Bedford […]

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Massachusetts Child Support – Are you a Deadbeat Parent?

Massachusetts child support and divorce lawyer Stephen McDonough was recently featured in a story about a new federal website targeting some of the worst deadbeat offenders in the U.S. Although most people think about child support issues as pertaining only to individual states, when deadbeat parents flee to another state or country the federal government can step in. The Federal Office of the Inspector General launched the new website, which you can visit by clicking here.   The top deadbeat parent owes in excess of one million dollars in child support. That’s nice.  He probably just fell behind a little, and will catch up next week! The new website hopes […]

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Bedford, MA Divorce Lawyer & Mediator – Back to the Future

There is a lot going on around our Bedford, MA office.   Right across the street from us the center of town is undergoing a major improvement with the unsightly old “Blake Block” being torn down.  The new building is already well under way. To see what the new block will look like, please click here to get a glimpse into the not so distant future!   The Divorce Collaborative has offices located in Bedford and Franklin, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Divorce Massachusetts  Divorce Mediation Collaborative Divorce Divorce Litigation – Contested Divorce Child Support Alimony Modifications Contempt Actions Paternity Child Custody Same Sex […]

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Child Support in Massachusetts – Don’t Be On the Naughty List

Massachusetts divorce and child support lawyer Colleen Cunnally was quoted in an article about collecting child support by Jennifer King on the website today.   The article discusses the case of a mother from West Virginia and her efforts to have the court enforce her child support order against her ex-husband.  The article also highlights some of the challenges involved with collecting child support or alimony and public and private enforcement options. Click here to read the article. Are you owed back child support or alimony in Massachusetts?  If so, then the payor is in arrears and definitely on the […]

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Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act Signed by the Governor

On Monday, September 26, 2011, Governor Patrick signed the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011.  The new law will go into effect on March 1, 2012, so we are in a bit of a transition period for a few more months. For more detailed analysis of the MA Alimony Reform Act, please click here to go to our alimony page of our website.  Another resource worth checking out is the website of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Group.  This group was instrumental in bringing about the changes to the Massachusetts alimony laws. If you are paying alimony now in Massachusetts, make […]

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The Divorce Collaborative Welcomes Attorney Colleen Cunnally

The Divorce Collaborative is pleased to announce  Attorney Colleen Cunnally has joined the firm.  Colleen has over ten years of experience in divorce and family law, and is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA.  Colleen has much courtroom experience and in addition to private practice, worked at the MA Department of Revenue as a supervisor in their Child Support Litigation Unit.  Needless to say, she is well-versed in child support, interstate child support, and issues related to Massachusetts divorce in general. Colleen recently completed a week of mediation training and is also available to serve as […]

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