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The 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

The new 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines go into effect on October 4, 2021. Mass child support guidelines are revised every three years, and are the result of work by the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force, which is comprised of Massachusetts divorce attorneys and judges, and is tasked with undertaking the review of the…
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What on Earth Is the Rule 411 Automatic Restraining Order?!

          I am often asked about what the Rule 411 Automatic Restraining Order means, and how it will affect a client's divorce. The most common concerns relating to this subject go something like this... "...but how will I pay my bills?" "How will I be able to pay my attorney if…
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Are Unvested Stock Options Considered a Marital Asset in A Divorce?

In the 2001 case of Toni Baccanti v. George I. Morton, 434 Mass 787 the Massachusetts Supreme Court considered the question of whether a Probate Judge abused his discretion in dividing marital property in a divorce proceeding particularly with regard to unvested stock options that the couple had. Summary of the Case: In Baccanti v.…
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Removal of Children in Massachusetts Divorce

Divorce can have a consequential impact on the children of separated parents. For that reason, courts involved in Massachusetts divorce cases take extreme caution in rulings that involve children. Their health and welfare are often the most critical issues in divorce proceedings. One of the sensitive aspects of Massachusetts divorce is when one parent decides…
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