What is Community Property?
What is an AFI? How is it used in my case?
Arbitration vs. Trial
Why does my spouse have an interest in my separate business?
Does my spouse's affair have an impact on my divorce case?
Parenting Time in Arizona - What Does it Mean?
If I won my case, why do I need to worry about an appeal?
What is a Parenting Coordinator and Why Do We Need One?
What is arbitration?
What are the advantages of mediation?
How much will I receive in spousal maintenance?
Do same sex couples have the same legal rights as other couples?
What are the steps of an appeal?
What is Opting Out?
How is litigation involving spouses handled in Arizona?
Is a trial my only option during a divorce?
Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Who pays attorney fees in a divorce proceeding?
Should I Get a Job While Going Through My Divorce? Can I Quit My Job?
If I wasn't happy with my lawyer, can I appeal and show evidence I wanted to present?
The Department of Labor’s revised definition of “spouse” under the FMLA was recently struck down in Texas. On March 26, 2015, in Texas v. United States, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas...more
A new Department of Labor rule defining “spouse” for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was to take effect March 27, 2015, but on March 26, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction staying...more
On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”)’s new regulation revising the definition of “spouse” to include those in same-sex marriages went into effect expanding the definition of spouse under the Family and...more
In the Pennsylvania Superior Court case Uveges v. Uveges, the Superior Court upheld the trial court's decision to attach the husband's Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act benefits to pay approximately...more
What procedural and substantive rights are potentially impacted by “rules of the road” orders in child custody cases – interlocutory orders which regulate what the contending parents can and can’t do in interacting with their...more
SC19123 - Parisi v. Parisi -
[THE WORDING ON PAYMENT METHOD MATTERS] A matrimonial decision was issued today where the Court declined to hold a spouse in contempt for not complying with a (pre-nup) contract provision...more
January 12th, 2015 For many people, having their day in court can bring relief and a sense of certainty. The family court judge can make orders regarding custody and visitation of the children, support, or can require the...more
A trustee who transfers trust property to a permissible appointee for the benefit of an impermissible appointee such that the fraud on a special power doctrine is implicated incurs no liability as a consequence, unless the...more
On October 9, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich. The case deals with the interesting question of whether attorneys can be held liable for damages to...more
In September 2, 2014, in Chen v. Saidi, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed a trial court's order relating to a nine year history of legal disputes between a mother and a father. The trial court awarded $5,000 in...more
SC18942, SC18993, SC18994 - Perry v. Perry -
Attorney appointed for a minor child cannot appeal the trial court’s award of only a portion of her fees w/o trial court permission. But that same attorney has personal...more
As a general rule, any beneficiary of a trust would have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts. The Restatement (Third) of Trusts is sending mixed signals as to whether the settlor of a trust, qua settlor, would have...more
In a suit to modify the parent-child relationship, the Eleventh Court of Appeals has reversed a final order that significantly restricted a mother’s access to her children, thereby allowing the mother to pursue a new trial....more
In Marriage of Sharples, 2014 DJDAR 823 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District overturned the outright rejection of a request for fees by the trial court. The judge rejected the fee claim on...more
Section 603 of the Uniform Trust Code provides that while a trust is revocable and the settlor has capacity to revoke the trust, rights of the beneficiaries, such as the equitable remaindermen, are subject to the control of,...more
On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in In re Marriage of Tiballi, answering a question of potential importance to domestic relations practitioners: are the fees of a court-appointed psychologist...more
In Berlinger v. Casselberry, Case No. 2D12-6470, 6 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 27, 2013), the Florida Second District Court of Appeal upheld a writ of garnishment issued by a trial court against the trustee of a discretionary trust...more
In Marriage of Bianco, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District overturned a sanctions award of attorney fees. The award was rendered in a family law dispute....more
This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed the "leveling the playing field" rules of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in In re Marriage of Earlywine. The Act provides that a court can...more
In M.J.T. v. A.V.B., the New Jersey Appellate Division overturned the trial court’s entry of a Final Restraining Order (“FRO”) against the defendant. The only witness to the alleged incident of domestic violence was the...more
You need a vacation, but, other counsel is being difficult. What is the law? ...more
If you have just been served a notice about a restraining order, you should read this post, and fast!
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Phone: (508) 769-1359 or (413) 746-8008
The past two weeks I discussed the issues of civility between lawyers and civility between parties. If incivility exists between lawyers or between parties, this dynamic can be changed by a desire to do so; and either way,...more
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court began a new term that is anticipated to include decisions on hot-button issues such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage and national security. The Court will also hear several...more
The trustee's primary allegiance is to the beneficiary, not to the non-beneficiary spouse or ex-spouse, unless the express terms of the trust provide otherwise. Thus, when there is marital discord, the trustee must suppress...more
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