• Cohabitating Before Marriage Can Increase Alimony Payments in MA

      A recent Appeals Court decision highlights how alimony orders can last longer when spouses lived together (cohabitated) before getting married. In Massachusetts, the length of an alimony order – that ...

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    • Deadline for Tax Deductible Alimony in Massachusetts is Much Earlier than December 31, 2018

      In recent weeks, we have written about the impact of the new tax reform bill on alimony, both on this blog and on the South Shore Divorce Mediation blog . Under the new federal tax law, alimony will ...

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    • Sen. Brownberger Prevents Vote on Alimony Bill, Dismisses Three-Year Reform Effort as "Chaff"

      Jason V. Owens reports on the defeat of alimony reform bill by Sen. William Brownsberger, who prevented a vote in Massachusetts before insulting bill’s supporters. Lifetime alimony will remain a ...

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    • SJC Signals Changes Coming to 'Real Advantage' Test in Child Removal Cases

      Divorce attorney Carmela M. Miraglia reviews a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that clarifies the legal standard in child relocation cases, but signals changes on the horizon. In a recent ...

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    • The Slow Process of Changing a Temporary Order for Child Custody in Probate Court

      Jason V. Owens reviews the difficult process of changing a temporary custody order in Massachusetts probate and family courts. A recent unpublished opinion of the Massachusetts Appeals Court ...

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    • Multiple Errors Distort 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, Fixes Reportedly Coming (UPDATED 10/6/17)

      Massachusetts family law attorney Jason V. Owens discusses multiple errors affecting the 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. As the product of a closed and secretive process , it probably ...

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    • Appeals Court: Out of Court Agreements to Reduce Child Support Are Not Enforceable, But Some Exceptions Exist

      Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews a recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision that may include an incorrect legal standard. This blog started out as an analysis of recent unpublished Appeals Court ...

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    • Amended 2018 Child Support Guidelines Will Change Massachusetts Child Support on June 15, 2018

      Trial Court Department debuts new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Worksheet six months after the 2017 Guidelines released. MAY 18, 2018 - BOSTON – Denise Fitzgerald, Manager of Legal Research ...

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    • Hon. John D. Casey is New Chief of Probate Court and Revised Child Support Guideline Worksheet on Way

      Jason V. Owens offers breaking news in advance of the MCLE Conference, including a new Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court and a new 2017 Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in June. In ...

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    • Court Holds Parent in Contempt for Shared Custody Bad Behavior

      Attorney James M. Lynch reviews recent Appeals Court contempt case addressing bad parental behavior in shared custody arrangements. In the aftermath of a divorce , the animosity that the spouses feel ...

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    • Proving Non-Payment in Civil Contempt Cases in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts divorce lawyer James M. Lynch reviews proof of non-payment in alimony and child support cases in Massachusetts. In an earlier post , we discussed the application of the Massachusetts ...

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    • Complaints for Contempt for Violations of Child Support, Alimony and Financial Orders in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews Complaints for Contempt for the violation of financial orders, including child support, alimony and asset division. Today is Part 3 of our blog ...

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    • The Growing Problem of Digital Spying in Divorce Cases

      Carmela M. Miraglia explores the growing trend of cyber spying and other forms of digital harassment in divorce cases. Distrustful spouses have always spied on each other. In the modern era, however, ...

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    • Domestic Restraining Orders: Traps for Unwary Parents

      Massachusetts lawyer James M. Lynch reviews how Abuse Prevention Orders can affect unwary parents. The standard domestic Abuse Prevention Order issued by the Trial Courts in Massachusetts under G.L.c. ...

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    • Do Rapists Have Parental Rights in Massachusetts?

      Massachusetts family law lawyer Jason V. Owens reacts to a new CNN investigation of parental rights for convicted rapists in the United States. Over the last week, CNN has launched a major ...

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    • What Does "Parental Unfitness" Mean in Massachusetts?

      Massachusetts family law attorney Nicole K. Levy discusses parental unfitness in custody, guardianship and adoption cases. In highly contested divorce and custody cases, I commonly hear parties ...

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    • The Crucial First Steps of a DCF "51A Investigation" for Child Abuse or Neglect in MA

      Massachusetts family law lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews the crucial first steps taken by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) after there is a report of child neglect or abuse. For many ...

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    • Feds: Massachusetts has Highest Child Abuse and Neglect Rate in Nation

      Massachusetts family law lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews new federal data indicating that Massachusetts has the highest rate of child abuse and child neglect in the United States by a substantial ...

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    • Cohabitating Before Marriage Can Increase Alimony Payments in MA

      A recent Appeals Court decision highlights how alimony orders can last longer when spouses lived together (cohabitated) before getting married. In Massachusetts, the length of an alimony order – that ...

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    • A Future Inheritance Cannot Be Divided in a Massachusetts Divorce

      Every Massachusetts divorce includes a division of assets. Even if spouses don’t own any assets, a judgment or Separation Agreement must specifically state this fact. One area where Probate Courts ...

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    • Pensions are Divided as Assets in Massachusetts Divorce Cases

      Divorce attorney Carmela M. Miraglia reviews an Appeals Court opinion reversing a divorce judgment that excluded a pension from the division of assets. When dividing marital assets , Massachusetts ...

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    • Cohabitating Before Marriage Can Increase Alimony Payments in MA

      A recent Appeals Court decision highlights how alimony orders can last longer when spouses lived together (cohabitated) before getting married. In Massachusetts, the length of an alimony order – that ...

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    • Hon. John D. Casey is New Chief of Probate Court and Revised Child Support Guideline Worksheet on Way

      Jason V. Owens offers breaking news in advance of the MCLE Conference, including a new Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court and a new 2017 Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in June. In ...

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    • The Growing Problem of Digital Spying in Divorce Cases

      Carmela M. Miraglia explores the growing trend of cyber spying and other forms of digital harassment in divorce cases. Distrustful spouses have always spied on each other. In the modern era, however, ...

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    • Ever Wonder, What's the Difference Between Mediation and Divorce?

      Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer (and Mediator) Carmela M. Miraglia compares mediation with divorce. Through Lynch & Owens, I offer potential divorce clients a free initial consultation . I do the same ...

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    • Lynch & Owens Launches: South Shore Divorce Mediation

      The South Shore leader in divorce and family law announces the launch of South Shore Divorce Mediation to serve the divorce mediation needs of southeastern Massachusetts. Lynch & Owens is pleased to ...

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    • What Questions Should You Ask Before Hiring an Attorney: a Mediator’s Perspective

      Table of Contents for this Blog Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey provides a divorce mediator’s perspective on the questions clients should ask before hiring a family law attorney. Does ...

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  • DUI
    • Car Crash in Stoneham Highlights Proximate Cause in Personal Injury Cases

      Personal injury attorney Lisa A. Galas examines proximate cause by reviewing a single-car car accident in Stoneham, MA, and the chain of events that followed. A car accident in Stoneham, ...

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    • Massachusetts Breathalyzer Test under Fire in Court Case

      Massachusetts DUI Defense attorney James M. Lynch reviews a recent decision impacting attacking the use of breathalyzer tests in DUI arrests. On May 5, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ...

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    • Massachusetts Hardship Licenses and the First Offenders Program

      Massachusetts DUI defense lawyer James M. Lynch reviews hardship licenses for first time DUI offenders in Massachusetts. If you ever find yourself is standing in front of a judge at an arraignment for ...

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    • Appeals Court: Out of Court Agreements to Reduce Child Support Are Not Enforceable, But Some Exceptions Exist

      Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews a recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision that may include an incorrect legal standard. This blog started out as an analysis of recent unpublished Appeals Court ...

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    • Cohabitating Before Marriage Can Increase Alimony Payments in MA

      A recent Appeals Court decision highlights how alimony orders can last longer when spouses lived together (cohabitated) before getting married. In Massachusetts, the length of an alimony order – that ...

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    • Amended 2018 Child Support Guidelines Will Change Massachusetts Child Support on June 15, 2018

      Trial Court Department debuts new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Worksheet six months after the 2017 Guidelines released. MAY 18, 2018 - BOSTON – Denise Fitzgerald, Manager of Legal Research ...

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    • SJC: Some Guardians of Minors Entitled to Court-Appointed Attorneys

      Massachusetts family law attorney Jason V. Owens reviews a recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision finding that some guardians of minors may be entitled to court-appointed lawyers in the ...

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    • What Does "Parental Unfitness" Mean in Massachusetts?

      Massachusetts family law attorney Nicole K. Levy discusses parental unfitness in custody, guardianship and adoption cases. In highly contested divorce and custody cases, I commonly hear parties ...

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    • Father vs. Dad: When a Step-Dad may be Granted Custody after Mom’s Death

      Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews a case in which a Probate and Family Court judge granted custody of a child to a step-dad – instead of the biological father – after the child’s ...

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    • Judicial Roundup: New Judges in Norfolk and Barnstable Probate and Family Courts Coming in 2018

      Family law attorney Kimberley Keyes reviews Massachusetts Probate and Family Court news in her latest judicial roundup blog. A lot has happened in the world of Massachusetts Probate and Family Court ...

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    • New Probate and Family Court Judges in Middlesex and Western MA, Tierney Lauded by WBA

      Massachusetts family law attorney Kimberley Keyes reviews the latest news surrounding the judges of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts. Since our last blog on judicial appointments, which ...

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    • New Judges at Suffolk, Hampden, Middlesex and (Possibly) Essex Probate and Family Courts

      Massachusetts family law attorney Kimberley Keyes rounds up the latest news on the judges of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts. UPDATES BELOW – Since our last blog on judicial appointments, ...

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    • Hon. John D. Casey is New Chief of Probate Court and Revised Child Support Guideline Worksheet on Way

      Jason V. Owens offers breaking news in advance of the MCLE Conference, including a new Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court and a new 2017 Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in June. In ...

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    • MCLE Family Law Conference Panel to Feature Jason Owens, Esq. of Lynch & Owens, P.C.

      Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) is hosting its 21 st Annual Family Law Conference 2018 in just a few weeks. Lynch & Owens, P.C. – a leading family law firm in Hingham, ...

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    • Alimony Reform Effort Roles On, Despite Hurdles on Beacon Hill

      Jason V. Owens reviews how alimony reform advocates keep pushing for changes in Massachusetts law that permits lifetime alimony to continue. In June of 2016, alimony reform advocates in Massachusetts ...

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    • Appeals Court: Out of Court Agreements to Reduce Child Support Are Not Enforceable, But Some Exceptions Exist

      Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews a recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision that may include an incorrect legal standard. This blog started out as an analysis of recent unpublished Appeals Court ...

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    • The Challenge of Modifying College Payment Agreements in Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts

      Divorce Attorney Nicole K. Levy explores how college contributions are treated differently from child support orders in Massachusetts. Modifications of divorce and custody judgments can be tricky. A ...

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    • End of Child Support is Grounds for New Alimony Order in MA Appeals Court Case

      Kimberley Keyes reviews a recent Appeals Court decision granting alimony to a former wife six years after her divorce, following the termination of child support . Can the emancipation of a child and ...

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    • Fatal Brookline Motorcyle Accident Shows Risks to Riders

      Personal injury attorney Lisa A. Galas reviews the risks faced by motorcyclists following a fatal motorcycle accident in Brookline. A motorcycle accident in Brookline, Massachusetts proved fatal when ...

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    • Does My Motorcycle Insurance Really Cover My Injuries?

      Massachusetts personal injury lawyer James M. Lynch discusses the shortcomings of motorcycle insurance coverage in Massachusetts. Over the years at Lynch & Owens, we have handled many motorcycle ...

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    • After the Change of Name: the Many Tasks That Follow a Name Change

      Massachusetts family lawyer Kimberley Keyes discusses the challenging aftermath of a legal name change in Massachusetts. In my blog, “ How Do Legal Name Changes Work In Massachusetts? ”, I reviewed ...

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    • Amended 2018 Child Support Guidelines Will Change Massachusetts Child Support on June 15, 2018

      Trial Court Department debuts new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Worksheet six months after the 2017 Guidelines released. MAY 18, 2018 - BOSTON – Denise Fitzgerald, Manager of Legal Research ...

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    • Hon. John D. Casey is New Chief of Probate Court and Revised Child Support Guideline Worksheet on Way

      Jason V. Owens offers breaking news in advance of the MCLE Conference, including a new Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court and a new 2017 Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in June. In ...

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    • Sen. Brownberger Prevents Vote on Alimony Bill, Dismisses Three-Year Reform Effort as "Chaff"

      Jason V. Owens reports on the defeat of alimony reform bill by Sen. William Brownsberger, who prevented a vote in Massachusetts before insulting bill’s supporters. Lifetime alimony will remain a ...

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    • Death of Professional Cyclist Highlights Dangers of Road Biking

      Personal injury attorney Lisa A. Galas considers the dangers of road biking after a professional cyclist is killed in Italy. In a recent blog, we discussed the unique risks faced by motorcyclists who ...

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    • Distracted Driving, Seat Belts, and the Rise in Road Fatalities

      Personal injury attorney Lisa A. Galas digs into recent studies to examine what’s behind a recent surge in motor vehicle fatalities. In our recent blog post, we discussed recent studies that showed ...

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    • Traffic-Related Fatalities Spiked in 2016

      Personal injury attorney Lisa A. Galas examines a recent spike in traffic fatalities connected to distracted drivers. According to recent studies and reports, the number of people who lost their lives ...

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    • Weinstein Divorce Agreement Shows How Scandal Impacts Prenuptial Agreements

      Divorce attorney Jason V. Owens explores how celebrity prenuptial agreements often unravel in the face of public scandal. Media reports on the divorce of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have ...

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    • Ask a Divorce Lawyer: How much will Johnny Depp Regret not having a Prenuptial Agreement in his Divorce from Amber Heard?

      Massachusetts divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews the impact of prenuptial agreements on divorces involving public figures through the lens of Johnny Depp’s upcoming divorce from Amber Heard. We ...

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    • Three Prenup Drafting Tips from the Appeals Court: Pisano v. Pisano

      Table of Contents for this Blog Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey provides three tips for drafting prenuptial agreements that are drawn the Massachusetts Appeals Court decision in Pasano ...

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    • Requirements for a 209A Restraining Order: Objectively Reasonable Fear and Imminence of Harm

      Attorney James M. Lynch reviews examines the requirements of objectively reasonable fear and imminent harm in Massachusetts restraining orders. Restraining orders occupy a very tricky place in ...

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    • Switching 209A Order to Harassment Protection Order Violates Due Process

      Attorney Kimberley Keyes reviews a recent Appeals Court decision that a judge may not change a 209A restraining order to a 258E harassment prevention order without notice to the defendant. A recent ...

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    • 209A Restraining Orders Can Be Abused

      Family law attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews how 209A restraining orders can be falsely obtained through exaggerated or false claims of abuse. Few would question that restraining orders are critically ...

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    • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO): What They Do and When They Do It

      Divorce attorney Jason V. Owens examines Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) and the unusual timing issues they present in a divorce. A common tool in divorce cases is the Qualified Domestic ...

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    • Will Tom Brady Sue Goodell / NFL for Defamation of Character?

      The recent arbitration appeal that Tom Brady successfully waged in the United States District Court in New York ( and which the NFL has appealed ) was decided on very narrow grounds. US District Court ...

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    • Can Brady Sue the NFL for Defamation?

      We are constantly being asked if Tom Brady can sue Roger Goodell and the National Football League for Defamation of Character. The answer is yes. The next question is whether he can win a defamation ...

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