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Misinterpreting the Law Doesn’t Negate an Alimony Agreement

The Appeals Court decision in DeMarco v. DeMarco reminds us that a deal is a deal, even when it’s entered into based upon advice from a trial judge who misinterprets the law....more

Definition of Cohabitation Set in Recent Alimony Reform Act Interpretation

The latest in a series of cases interpreting and clarifying the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 has just been decided. Duff-Kareores vs. Kareores was decided by the Supreme Judicial Court on June 15, 2016....more

It’s STILL Not Too Late to Act!

Hi there, I usually take no position on pending legislation but the proposed changes to the alimony law will adversely affect thousands of pre-existing divorce agreements. If you can, please take the time to read this...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19436 - Miller v. Appellate Court - When the appellant’s attorney kept missing deadlines and failed to comply with other Appellate Court rules in four pending appeals, one...more

It’s Not Too Late to Act!

There has been a new development in the recent challenge to the Alimony Reform Act. As a backdrop, the landmark Alimony Reform Act (M.G.L. c. 208, sections 48-55), which went into effect on March 1, 2012, changed alimony...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19384 - State v. Carter - SC19282 - State v. Peeler - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37262 - Dumbauld v. Dumbauld - AC37262 Concurrence -...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19494 - State v. Berrios - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37045 - Hickey v. Commissioner of Correction - AC33954 - Burr Road Operating Co. II, LLC v....more

War of the Rosas – Creative Tax Strategies to Balance the Financial Results in Divorce Planning

The War of the Roses is a movie classic above the trials and tribulations of marriage and divorce that sends shivers equally down the spine of about those married and unmarried. Several quotes from the movie include the...more

Alimony Termination Upon a Payor’s Retirement

Alimony payors who plan to retire have standing to seek a termination of their alimony obligation. Under the 2014 amendments to the alimony statute, a court uses one of three standards in deciding such an application to...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week on the floor working on a compromise to S .997, a bill by Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) that would track refugees that are located in South Carolina. Senators...more

More Alimony Reform in Massachusetts?

In March 2012, Massachusetts law on alimony was reformed and codified as General Laws Chapter 208, sections 48 – 55. A judicial hearing has been set for Monday, March 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the State House seeking further...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

Berlinger v. Wells Fargo, N.A., Case No. 2:11-cv-459-FtM-29CM, 2015 WL 6125529 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 16, 2015) - Discretionary distributions to beneficiary which were used in part to satisfy alimony obligations were not...more

Divorce and Lottery Winnings: What Are the Chances?

As people scramble to purchase Powerball tickets for a chance (however small) at the 1.3 billion dollar jackpot, the largest in U.S. history, I couldn’t help but think about the practical considerations that come into play...more

Civil Unions in NJ – What you Need to Know.

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry, and neither the federal nor any state government can deny anyone that right. On June 26, 2013 – a watershed moment in the history of the law and our nation – the U.S. Supreme...more

Can I Date After I Separate?

Rumor has it that Miss Piggy, after separating from her long-time love Kermit the Frog last month, has publicly announced her readiness to begin dating again. In fact, a photograph recently surfaced in which Miss Piggy and...more

When The Wealthy Divorce, They Regularly Engage Forensic Accountants

Forbes Magazine published an article on “When The Wealthy Divorce, They Regularly Engage Forensic Accountants” this week. Couples with a large amount wealth and substantial assets to be divided do often require the services...more

Florida Alimony Reform

There is another new alimony bill being considered. It contains significant reforms including but not limited to alimony formulas, new definitions, altercation of the right to modify a former judgment and a presumption of...more

When a Billion Dollars is Not Enough | Divorce Lawyer

Even as a divorce lawyer it is shocking to hear that when Sue Ann Arnall recently received and cashed a $975 million dollar check from her soon to be ex-husband, oil magnate Harold Hamm, that she now claims the check was not...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

To reduce risk of later attack on the domestic partnership agreement, domestic partners should make fair and reasonable financial disclosures to each other prior to signing the agreement. Each partner should disclose to the...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Support upon Termination of the Relationship

This is the fourth installment of a seven-part series. Florida law generally provides, when there is no premarital agreement, a marrying person’s right to alimony depends on the person’s need for alimony and the other...more

Ashley Madison Data Breach

Adulterers across the globe are growing frantic with the news of the recent data breach of the married dating website “Ashley Madison”. This breach may potentially expose partners who thought they were pursuing affairs under...more

Bloggers Beware! The Admissibility of Blog Entries As Admissions Against Interest

In this day in age, you really can find anything on the Internet. That is the good news and the bad news for attorneys and clients alike. With the popularity of online web logs, or “blogs,” on the rise, odds are that your...more

3 Steps to Make the Divorce Process as Painless as Possible

1. Speak with an attorney first. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, complicated legal issues, separate and apart from just the dissolution of the marriage are implicated. It is a very...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19245 - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey - SC19245 Concurrence - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey Holding that a separation agreement that requires the payment of unallocated alimony and child support ‘‘until the …. [w]ife’s...more

Alimony Reform HB 943 House Staff Analysis

On March 2, 2015 we posted information regarding the proposed alimony reform bills pending before the Florida House of Representatives (HB 943) and Florida Senate (SB 1248). The House of Representatives posted a staff...more

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