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  • The DCF Fair Hearing Process: Appealing Supported Findings of Child Neglect or Abuse
    The DCF Fair Hearing Process: Appealing Supported Findings of Child Neglect or Abuse

    DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy outlines the DCF Fair Hearing process for individuals seeking to appeal a supported finding of neglect or abuse. In Massachusetts, the Department of Children and Families ...

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  • Surviving a DCF Family Assessment in Massachusetts
    Surviving a DCF Family Assessment in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews DCF’s “family assessment” process following a supported findings of child neglect or abuse. Once the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has ...

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  • Seven Ways that Massachusetts Courts Determine Parental Unfitness
    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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  • When Can You Modify a Surviving Alimony Agreement?
    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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  • Do Courts Divide Student Loan Debt in a Divorce?
    Do Courts Divide Student Loan Debt in a Divorce?

    Attorney Nicole K. Levy answers the question of what happens to student loans in a divorce? It should come as no surprise that more and more divorces in Massachusetts involve an asset distribution ...

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  • How Does Legal Marijuana Impact Child Custody Cases?
    How Does Legal Marijuana Impact Child Custody Cases?

    Massachusetts DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy explores how legalized recreational marijuana may impact child custody and parental rights in Massachusetts. Since recreational marijuana was legalized in ...

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