• Using Premarital Cohabitation to Extend Alimony May be Easier than Previously Thought

      Divorce attorney Nicole K. Levy explores a recent SJC decision that favors extending alimony payments based on premarital cohabitation. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts stepped back into ...

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    • When Can You Modify a Surviving Alimony Agreement?

      Attorney Carmela M. Miraglia uses a recent case to examine the rare situations in which a surviving alimony agreement can be modified in Massachusetts. The devil is in the details, and divorce is no ...

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    • Alimony is Still Tax Deductible in Massachusetts for State Income Tax Purposes

      Divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews how alimony is still tax deductible in Massachusetts and other states even after the change in federal deductibility. This blog has spent considerable time ...

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    • SJC Decision Could Have Major Impact on Child Custody Cases Involving Domestic Violence

      Jason V. Owens reviews a major upcoming decision affecting domestic violence in child custody cases in Massachusetts. Click here for print friendly PDF format On Monday, September 9, 2019, the Supreme ...

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    • How Do Courts Decide Child Custody Cases?

      Family Law Attorney Jason V. Owens explores how family court judges analyze and decide cases involving child custody and parenting time. Click here for print friendly PDF format. If you are getting ...

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    • Seven Ways that Massachusetts Courts Determine Parental Unfitness

      Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews the factors that Massachusetts judges use to identify unfit parents in Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts. Claims of parental unfitness are ...

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    • Modifying Child Support Orders in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts Attorney Kimberley Keyes examines modifying child support orders and judgments in Massachusetts. Click here f or print friendly PDF format In general, Massachusetts child support orders ...

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    • Divorced and Unmarried Parents: How New Tax Law Impacts Child Tax Deductions and Child Tax Credits

      Divorce attorney Jason V. Owens reviews how changes to child tax benefits under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) may impact divorced, separated and unmarried parents. With 2019 around the corner, tax ...

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    • The Difference Between Eliminating Alimony Arrears and Child Support Arrears

      James M. Lynch and Harold A. Mazzio explore the difference between eliminating child support arrears and alimony arrears through a recent Appeals Court opinion. A recent decision by the Massachusetts ...

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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. Click here for print friendly PDF format. In the aftermath of a ...

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    • Proving Contempt in Child Support and Alimony Cases in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts divorce lawyer James M. Lynch reviews proof of non-payment in alimony and child support cases in Massachusetts. Click Here for print friendly PDF format In an earlier post , we discussed ...

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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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    • Texting, Email and Social Media Evidence: The Downfall of Antonio Brown

      James M. Lynch explores the legal dangers associated with social media, texting and emails. Click here for print friendly PDF format. Trial lawyers in every area of law have a joke they like to tell: ...

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    • What are the Drunk Driving Laws for 21 and Older Drivers in Massachusetts?

      Attorney James M. Lynch reviews the penalties and suspensions for Drunk Driving Offenses in Massachusetts. If you’ve been recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Massachusetts, ...

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    • What Do Aaron Hernandez and An (Alleged) Kingston Axe-Murderer Have In Common?

      The strange connection between a 1966 double-murder, the former Patriots star’s suicide, and a questionable legal theory is a tale that spans five decades. In 1966, the town of Kingston, Massachusetts ...

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    • Do Not Underestimate the Seriousness of a DCF Investigation

      DCF attorney Nicole K. Levy examines common mistakes made by parents and caregivers under investigation by DCF for child neglect or abuse. Click here f or print friendly PDF format Investigations of ...

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    • Tips for Surviving a 51A DCF Investigation for Child Neglect or Abuse

      DCF attorney Nicole K. Levy explores strategies for parents and caregivers who are under investigation by DCF for child neglect or abuse. Click here for print friendly PDF format. In 2016, I wrote a ...

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    • Responding to DCF Findings of "Substantiated Concern" in Child Neglect and Abuse Investigations

      Massachusetts DCF attorney Nicole K. Levy explores the increasingly common finding of “substantiated concern” in DCF investigations for child abuse and neglect. Out of all of the DCF Services we ...

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    • Can I Keep the Marital Home in my Divorce?

      Divorce attorney Carmela M. Miraglia explores the many issues affecting whether one spouse can or should “keep the marital home” following a divorce. Click here f or print friendly PDF format One of ...

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    • Appraising the Value of a Small Business in a Divorce

      Attorney Jason V. Owens reviews valuing business interests for the division of assets in divorce cases. Click Here for print friendly PDF format. Determining the value of a small business in a divorce ...

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    • Protecting Family Trust Assets from a Beneficiary’s Divorce

      Are your Trust Assets Protected from Your Beneficiary’s Divorce? Estate planning attorney Ronald F. Driscoll explores the challenges associated with creating “divorce-proof trusts” in Massachusetts. ...

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    • Can I Keep the Marital Home in my Divorce?

      Divorce attorney Carmela M. Miraglia explores the many issues affecting whether one spouse can or should “keep the marital home” following a divorce. Click here f or print friendly PDF format One of ...

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    • The South Shore Divorce Mediation Blog is a Great Place to Learn

      Lynch & Owens is proud to invite readers to visit the South Shore Divorce Mediation blog, where dozens of mediation-related issues are covered in depth. Click here for print friendly PDF format After ...

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    • Are You Ready for a Divorce?

      Massachusetts attorney Jason V. Owens explores the many considerations that spouses face when deciding whether it is time for a divorce. Click here for print friendly PDF format Few people plan on ...

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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 consultation . I do the same through South ...

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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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    • Do Not Underestimate the Seriousness of a DCF Investigation

      DCF attorney Nicole K. Levy examines common mistakes made by parents and caregivers under investigation by DCF for child neglect or abuse. Click here f or print friendly PDF format Investigations of ...

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    • Modifying Child Support Orders in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts Attorney Kimberley Keyes examines modifying child support orders and judgments in Massachusetts. Click here f or print friendly PDF format In general, Massachusetts child support orders ...

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    • Can I Keep the Marital Home in my Divorce?

      Divorce attorney Carmela M. Miraglia explores the many issues affecting whether one spouse can or should “keep the marital home” following a divorce. Click here f or print friendly PDF format One of ...

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    • Seven Ways that Massachusetts Courts Determine Parental Unfitness

      Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews the factors that Massachusetts judges use to identify unfit parents in Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts. Claims of parental unfitness are ...

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    • Orders for the Release of Confidential Drug Treatment Records in Child Custody/Welfare Cases

      Massachusetts attorney Kimberley Keyes reviews how and when Massachusetts courts will release federally-protected drug treatment records in child welfare cases. Click Here for print friendly PDF ...

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    • Grandparent Visitation More Challenging Than Ever in Massachusetts

      Hingham Divorce Lawyer Nicole K. Levy reviews a recent Appeals Court decision that reveals the challenges faced by grandparents seeking visitation in Massachusetts. A recent grandparent visitation ...

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    • Judicial Roundup News: 2019 Changes at Massachusetts Probate & Family Courts

      Attorney Kimberley Keyes returns with another Massachusetts Probate & Family Court judicial roundup blog. With three more judges appointed to the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, local ...

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    • Cape Attorneys Pay Tribute to Hon. Robert A. Scandurra as Retirement from Barnstable Probate and Family Court Approaches

      Cape Cod family attorney Carmela M. Miraglia speaks to peers about the legacy of retiring judge Hon. Robert A. Scandurra. On July 13, 2018, Hon. Robert A. Scandurra, former First Justice of the ...

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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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    • Cape Attorneys Pay Tribute to Hon. Robert A. Scandurra as Retirement from Barnstable Probate and Family Court Approaches

      Cape Cod family attorney Carmela M. Miraglia speaks to peers about the legacy of retiring judge Hon. Robert A. Scandurra. On July 13, 2018, Hon. Robert A. Scandurra, former First Justice of the ...

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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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    • The South Shore Divorce Mediation Blog is a Great Place to Learn

      Lynch & Owens is proud to invite readers to visit the South Shore Divorce Mediation blog, where dozens of mediation-related issues are covered in depth. Click here for print friendly PDF format After ...

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    • Modifying Child Support Orders in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts Attorney Kimberley Keyes examines modifying child support orders and judgments in Massachusetts. Click here f or print friendly PDF format In general, Massachusetts child support orders ...

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    • SJC Decision Could Have Major Impact on Child Custody Cases Involving Domestic Violence

      Jason V. Owens reviews a major upcoming decision affecting domestic violence in child custody cases in Massachusetts. Click here for print friendly PDF format On Monday, September 9, 2019, the Supreme ...

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    • When Can You Modify a Surviving Alimony Agreement?

      Attorney Carmela M. Miraglia uses a recent case to examine the rare situations in which a surviving alimony agreement can be modified in Massachusetts. The devil is in the details, and divorce is no ...

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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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    • Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Issues New Rules for Name Change Petitions

      Attorney Kimberley Keyes reviews new changes to the Probate and Family Court’s name change procedures in Massachusetts. Our Massachusetts name-change blogs have covered a lot of territory. We have ...

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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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    • How Do Legal Name Changes Work in Massachusetts?

      Massachusetts probate and family lawyer Kimberley Keyes reviews Change of Name Petitions in Massachusetts. Many Massachusetts residents are unaware that, as an adult, a person can change his or her ...

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    • What Do Aaron Hernandez and An (Alleged) Kingston Axe-Murderer Have In Common?

      The strange connection between a 1966 double-murder, the former Patriots star’s suicide, and a questionable legal theory is a tale that spans five decades. In 1966, the town of Kingston, Massachusetts ...

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    • Cape Attorneys Pay Tribute to Hon. Robert A. Scandurra as Retirement from Barnstable Probate and Family Court Approaches

      Cape Cod family attorney Carmela M. Miraglia speaks to peers about the legacy of retiring judge Hon. Robert A. Scandurra. On July 13, 2018, Hon. Robert A. Scandurra, former First Justice of the ...

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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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    • What are the Drunk Driving Laws for 21 and Older Drivers in Massachusetts?

      Attorney James M. Lynch reviews the penalties and suspensions for Drunk Driving Offenses in Massachusetts. If you’ve been recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Massachusetts, ...

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    • Why Underinsured Motorist Coverage Is So Important

      Although we try not to think that potentially catastrophic situations might await us just around the next corner, there are some automobile accidents that we simply have no opportunity to avoid, no ...

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    • Can “Pat Patriot” Sue Jamal Adams Over his Pro Bowl Injury?

      Attorney James M. Lynch explores whether the harm suffered by “Pat Patriot” was a workplace injury or an intentional battery under MA law. The recent incident at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando ...

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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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    • How Do Massachusetts Courts Treat Out-of-State Prenuptial Agreements in a Divorce?

      Attorney Jason V. Owens reviews how courts review prenuptial agreements that were entered in different state in a divorce. The law of marriage and divorce differs from state to state. In the divorce ...

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    • Postnuptial Agreements Closely Scrutinized in Massachusetts Divorces

      Divorce Attorney Carmela M. Miraglia compares the review of postnuptial agreements to separation agreements and prenuptial agreements in Massachusetts. A postnuptial agreement is similar to separation ...

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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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    • The Challenge of Modifying 209A Restraining Orders

      Attorney James M. Lynch reviews the different legal standards that can apply when modifying a 209A abuse protection order in Massachusetts. Click here f or print friendly PDF format A somewhat unusual ...

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    • Divorce, Custody Disputes and the Terrible Epidemic of Murder-Suicide

      Massachusetts family law attorney Nicole K. Levy examines the intersection of divorce, family disputes and murder-suicide in Massachusetts. Out of all of the consequences of a divorce or family ...

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    • What "Harassment" Must a Plaintiff Show to Obtain a Harassment Protection Order in Massachusetts Under Chapter 258E?

      Massachusetts attorney Kimberley Keyes explores how the MA legislature’s failure to update the state’s harassment protection law has clogged the courts with HPO appeals. Click Here for print friendly ...

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    • Texting, Email and Social Media Evidence: The Downfall of Antonio Brown

      James M. Lynch explores the legal dangers associated with social media, texting and emails. Click here for print friendly PDF format. Trial lawyers in every area of law have a joke they like to tell: ...

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    • What Do Aaron Hernandez and An (Alleged) Kingston Axe-Murderer Have In Common?

      The strange connection between a 1966 double-murder, the former Patriots star’s suicide, and a questionable legal theory is a tale that spans five decades. In 1966, the town of Kingston, Massachusetts ...

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    • Can “Pat Patriot” Sue Jamal Adams Over his Pro Bowl Injury?

      Attorney James M. Lynch explores whether the harm suffered by “Pat Patriot” was a workplace injury or an intentional battery under MA law. The recent incident at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando ...

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    • Alimony is Still Tax Deductible in Massachusetts for State Income Tax Purposes

      Divorce lawyer Jason V. Owens reviews how alimony is still tax deductible in Massachusetts and other states even after the change in federal deductibility. This blog has spent considerable time ...

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    • Divorced and Unmarried Parents: How New Tax Law Impacts Child Tax Deductions and Child Tax Credits

      Divorce attorney Jason V. Owens reviews how changes to child tax benefits under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) may impact divorced, separated and unmarried parents. With 2019 around the corner, tax ...

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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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