Divorce & Family Law Blog

When parents are divorcing, one of the most sensitive issues to be resolved is that of custody of the child or children of the marriage. This dynamic plays out in nearly every divorce and can cause significant problems that often last well after the divorce becomes final. Unmarried parents who have children go through different […]

Most often parenting schedules are established when both parties are living in the same state. But what happens when one parent has to move out of state? Modifying a parenting schedule is challenging when two parties can’t agree on the terms. Trying to work this out on your own is a great first step, as […]

Your divorce decree may include child custody, visitation, spousal, or child support orders. Intentionally refusing to comply with one or more of these orders is an act of contempt of court. One way to enforce a court order after a violation has occurred is by filing a complaint for contempt asking the court to enforce […]

Once a family law judge has issued a child custody order, the order is legally binding—meaning both parents must abide by the terms of that order. However, life can change dramatically after a divorce. A custody arrangement rarely works for every stage in a child’s life, childrens’ needs evolve as they grow and parents’ circumstances […]

As you try to manage your visitation schedule during the havoc caused by COVID-19, it’s important to put the needs of your children first. If it has been hard to co-parent with your ex before the pandemic, it’s going to be even harder when you are stressed and uncertain about the future. Take the time […]

If you have decided that it’s time to file for a divorce in Massachusetts, but you fear for your safety, it’s time to get the help you need. Filing for a divorce can trigger a domestic violence abuser, causing danger to you and your children. You can file for a 209A restraining order first, before […]

Dividing the marital estate can be a stressful part of getting a divorce. If you are dealing with an ex who wants to argue over marital property and debt, it helps to know what your rights are when it comes to dividing up the marital estate. First, you have to decide what the marital estate […]

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Custody arrangements and visitation schedules can be as unique as the parents trying to co-parent after a divorce. A child visitation schedule establishes when the children are under the care of each parent. It will outline specific drop-off and pickup times to avoid any confusion. A good child visitation schedule will also outline how holidays […]

Either party, or both parties, may request that the Court issue an alimony order as part of the terms of their Judgment of Divorce. Alimony is defined as support payments from a spouse who has an ability to pay, to a spouse who needs support. This is the last part in a three (3) part […]

Alimony is the payment made by one spouse, the “payor” spouse who must have the ability to pay, to the other “recipient” spouse who must need support in order to meet his/her basic needs.  One purpose of alimony is to allow both parties, post-divorce, to maintain the lifestyle the parties enjoyed during the marriage. This […]