Category Archives: Property & Finances

All About Massachusetts Financial Statements & Divorce

What’s the difference between Rule 401 and Rule 410? Upon filing a Complaint for Divorce in Massachusetts, two important court rules apply to both spouses - Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 401, and Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 410. Both rules require certain financial information to be disclosed and exchanged between spouses as…
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Alimony in Massachusetts: Be Careful of What You Agree To

Temporary Alimony Agreements Made During A Pending Divorce will be Enforced Be careful what you agree to is the message laid down in D.B. v. J.B., a divorce case decided by the Massachusetts Appeals Court and ruled on March 17, 2020. In this case, the parties made an agreement before the final entry of their…
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Welcome to a New Decade! Shift Your Perspective in 2020

by: Julia Rodgers 2020 - it’s officially a new decade! With all of the excitement that a fresh year ushers in, everyone seems to have their own resolutions - whether those involve hitting the gym more often, meditating daily, or budgeting better, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of everyone else’s…
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Ask a Divorce Lawyer Series: Infidelity

Question: "What percentage of MA divorce settlements are altered due to infidelity, and can one party's infidelity affect alimony in a long term marriage?" Answer: Massachusetts is primarily a no-fault state. In other words, in general, the courts do not award punitive damages for adulterous behavior. If one party's conduct resulted in dissipation of assets…
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