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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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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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New Massachusetts Alimony Law Video Presentation – in 3D!

Major changes to the alimony system in MA have arrived.  Although the new statute does not go into effect until March 1, 2012, the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 is already making an impact both inside and outside the walls of the Massachusetts family and probate courts. In order to help people understand the important parts of the new law, Massachusetts divorce attorney and mediator Stephen McDonough of The Divorce Collaborative created a presentation on the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, which has been made into a short – yet incredibly entertaining – video.  Alas, it is not really in […]

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Wondering What a Massachusetts Collaborative Divorce is Really LIke?

More couples are learning that avoiding a nasty, litigated divorce just makes sense.   Besides divorce mediation, the collaborative process is another worthwhile option you should consider. Collaborative divorce is known as the “no court” divorce because the couple and their collaboratively trained lawyers pledge not to go to court until all details of the divorce are worked out.  Then the parties attend a simple uncontested divorce hearing.  The collaborative process is a respectful way to get divorced, where the priorities of both sides and any children can be supported in a way to reconstitute a family, not destroy it.  Collaborative […]

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Welcome to The Divorce Collaborative Divorce & Family Law in Massachusetts

Thanks for visiting our new “Generation II” website and blog! I would like to thanks the folks at Smartmarketing Now in Naples, Florida for their help with this project, especially my friend and owner of Smartmarketing Now, Mark Merenda.  My thanks also go out to New Jersey Estate Planning Attorney Victor Medina for his support.  Victor has been a great help since he is not only a friend but an Apple computer guru and the organizer of the Macs In Law Offices Conference (MILOFEST).   Mark and Victor’s support and advice are priceless, which is good since I probably could […]

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10 Reasons Clients Choose Massachusetts Divorce Mediation

If you are facing a Massachusetts divorce, then you should certainly consider mediation as an alternative  to expensive litigation. A mediator is a neutral third party that helps a couple resolve the issues related to their divorce.  Mediation can also be used to assist with post-divorce issues, such as child support or alimony modifications. Additionally, Mediation to Stay Married is a newer application of the mediation process for couples wishing to improve their relationships and stay together. Most couples can efficiently use a mediator for their divorce. Mediation is not only for simple divorces or where there is very little […]

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays During and After Divorce

The Holiday season is upon us.  Some people, like my mom for instance, love the holidays.  Decorating is a multi-week process and there are so many ornaments on the tree that she and my step-father must deploy a support cable attached to a nearby wall to help hold it up.  It is about what you would expect to see on a large suspension bridge. Between December 1st and the end of January (we have lots of January birthdays in the family) I estimate that my mother will host or attend (mostly host) somewhere in the area of 624 social events. […]

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Free Divorce Seminar on Wednesday, December 9 at TDC

Just a reminder that The Divorce Collaborative will be sponsoring a free seminar on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm, at our offices located at 77 Main Street, Medway, MA. For more information and to register, please visit the info box to the right. We are pleased to have Dr. Sandy Portnoy, noted divorce coach and therapist, joining us to discuss the effects of divorce on kids, among other things. The next monthly seminar date is January 6, 2010. Seminars are conducted on the 2nd wednesday each month at 7:00 pm. Please check the site for updates.

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Some Gave All

In the Spring of 2007, U.S. Army Sgt. Adam Kennedy was killed in action in Iraq by an improvised explosive device. Before being deployed, Adam ranked first in his class of 275 in his basic training class and advanced infantry training. He completed Airborne School and served on his Colonel’s personal security detail in Iraq. Sgt. Kennedy was also a graduate of Norwich University in Vermont, the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is respected for creating strong leaders and fighting men and women for our country. Many graduates not only enter military service upon graduation, but elect to serve […]

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Is Your Lawyer Adding to Your Stress?

Below  is a picture of a client waiting for their lawyer or mediator to call them back.  I was going to edit out their skull to protect their identity, but I guess that is not really necessary.  I think they have waited a pretty long time for a call back,  perhaps a little too long! It seems as though almost every week I speak with someone who tells me about a person they know who had a lawyer for something and the lawyer failed to return the client’s telephone calls.    Of course, they are not referring to me because I […]

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