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Three Tips to Help You Navigate the Holidays

When you are divorced with kids, Christmas and Hanukkah can become minefields that make previous family headaches look simple. But there’s good news: There are a number of steps that you can take ahead of time to make things...more

Finding Alternatives to Litigation

If you read this blog, you probably know that I am a huge proponent of negotiating settlements in divorce cases. As an attorney who has spent her career in divorce litigation, I know firsthand the costs associated with...more

Top 10 Tips for Social Media Use When Divorcing

Hi there, Social media can become very problematic in a divorce case. Divorce lawyers, myself included, consider it a treasure trove of potentially useful information.We can obtain your online credentials and passwords in...more

4/28/2017  /  Divorce , Social Networks

Pets: Considered Property or People During a Divorce?

Hi there, If you know me, you know I’m a fervent pet lover. We have dogs, cats, horses, goats, and are related to someone with a bearded dragon. I know, viscerally, how pets can feel like family members. As a result,...more

1/31/2017  /  Divorce , Domestic Violence , Pets

This Holiday Season, Let Go of the Salad Spinner

Hi there, I was somewhat surprised a couple of weeks ago to be asked for an interview by the talented Globe writer, Cindy Atoji Keene. It was published on Sunday, and reading it made me realize just how important it is...more

12/19/2016  /  Divorce , Holidays

How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney for You

Hi there, People have very strong opinions on whether to hire a divorce attorney. One friend may tell you, “Oh I didn’t use an attorney, and it was fine.” Another may say, “My attorney was terrible, the ex got...more

9/1/2016  /  Divorce

It’s Back to School Time Again!

Hi there, Despite the oppressive heat, it’s almost back to school time again. By this point in the summer most parents are pretty ready for school to begin. One of the best ways to make the school year smoother for your...more

Spouse’s Trust Interest Shielded from Division in Divorce

Hi there, I continue to be amazed by the distinguished group of divorce and probate lawyers I have the privilege to work with at Burns & Levinson. Today’s decision on Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a case which will...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

Lemonade Can Be Bitter

Hi there, On a gorgeous day like today, you just want to sit outside and sip on a tall glass of lemonade. Recently though, the taste of lemonade has been made a little sharp by the fabulous Beyoncé. Infidelity became a...more

5/13/2016  /  Adultery , Marriage

Use Your Pretrial Conference to Help Avoid Going to Trial

Hi there, There are many stops on the road before a divorce trial takes place. If you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse still have disputes after your four way meeting, your next shot at settling the case is through a...more

5/2/2016  /  Divorce

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

4/18/2016  /  Alimony , Divorce , Proposed Legislation

Prepare Ahead to Handle a Narcissist

Hi there, I love it when the holidays are over and the days start getting visibly longer. Among other things, there is an influx of new clients with new cases and new problems to solve....more

2/11/2016  /  Divorce

How Coparents Should Handle the Holidays

Hi there, It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it all of the holidays of the season! This time of year is particularly tough for folks who are just getting used to a coparenting...more

11/25/2015  /  Child Custody , Co-Parenting , Holidays

Change Your Will When Your Divorce Is Final

Hi there, All the more reason that you need to follow up with a qualified financial and estate planner after a divorce! Best,Nancy...more

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hi there, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Female to male and...more

10/16/2015  /  Animal Cruelty , Domestic Violence

In Divorce Law, as in Life, Privileges Count

Hi there, Privileges in litigation are important tools they generally mean information can be withheld from the other side and the court because the privilege exists....more

Divorce Is Hard

Hi there, As the summer winds down and kids start back to school, a lot of folks decide to take their first real step in the divorce process. I routinely see a lot of people in August who haven’t decided what to do and...more

8/28/2015  /  Divorce

Ashley Madison: Karma Strikes

Our barn cat, Ashley, is shocked and appalled. Hi there, Well, cheaters beware! Last week I posted on the Ashley Madison hack. The hackers were largely silent for about a month after they went into Ashley Madison’s database...more

Ashley Madison: Adultery in the Age of Technology

Hi there, I decided this would be an apt post in the middle of CiCi’s miniseries on the The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce. There’s a huge scandal right now revolving around precisely what you shouldn’t do BEFORE...more

8/17/2015  /  Data Breach , Divorce , Websites

Divorce Across State Lines

Hi there, Lots of us live on or close to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island state border. We don’t even think about it as we cross back and forth. But when you’re involved in a divorce and one of you moves to the other...more

7/31/2015  /  Child Custody

Appeals: Not All Courts Are Created Equal

Hi there, I hope you are all staying cool. It’s brutal out there today! The court system is hierarchical. Each court has authority to render judgments and decisions but until you hit the Supreme Judicial Court,...more

7/22/2015  /  Appeals , Family Courts

What Is a Deposition?

Hi there, A deposition is a tool that lawyers use to get information from witnesses or from the other side. It’s one of the most effective tools the lawyers have, both to find out what has really gone on and to discover...more

7/17/2015  /  Depositions

Summer Coparenting Help

Hi there, I hope you all had as good a Fourth of July weekend as I did! My weekend was filled with family, horses and some extreme gardening. Just coordinating the activities of an intact three-generation family is...more

7/7/2015  /  Co-Parenting
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