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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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  • Orders for the Release of Confidential Drug Treatment Records in Child Custody/Welfare Cases
    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
    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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  • SJC: Some Guardians of Minors Entitled to Court-Appointed Attorneys
    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 DCF Attorney Nicole K. Levy discusses parental unfitness in custody, guardianship and adoption cases. In highly contested divorce and custody cases, I commonly hear parties accusing one ...

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