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Is it true that Massachusetts courts favor mothers in child custody decisions?

While it remains a common belief that courts favor, or are even biased for, mothers in custody disputes, this is not the case. The belief stems from past practices and trends in court.

When divorce became more common in the 1970s, society, including the judges within it, assumed a gendered … Read More »



Can the Court order alimony be paid even after the payor has reached retirement age?

Yes, the court does have the authority, in certain specific circumstances, to extend the length of the alimony beyond retirement age.



If I am in a long-term cohabitating relationship that began prior to the passage of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act can my alimony award be modified?

Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act alimony can be suspended, reduced or terminated upon the cohabitation of the recipient spouse with another person for a continuous period of at least three months. However, it is only a basis for modification in divorces occurring after the effective date of the Alimony … Read More »



What is considered full retirement age when determining alimony in Massachusetts?

Full retirement age is defined as the payor’s usual or ordinary retirement age for United States old-age social security benefits. It shall not mean “early retirement age” if early retirement is available or “maximum benefit retirement age” if additional benefits are available as a result of delayed retirement.



What is lost economic opportunity when it comes to determining alimony?

Lost economic opportunity is a mandatory factor to be considered when deciding the amount of alimony that should be awarded. This applies to situations where a spouse has foregone career opportunities during the marriage. If it can be shown that he or she has suffered financially as a result of … Read More »



What defines an economic marital partnership before marriage?

The Act does not define economic partnership; however, it may be shown to have existed when the parties have lived together, shared rent and household expenses, owned property together, or were otherwise financially interdependent in some way. The spouse will have the burden of proof when seeking to extend the … Read More »



How Are Child Custody and Visitation Established?

If you are going through a divorce and have children, child custody is arguably the most important matter you will have to deal with during the divorce proceedings. Although custody arrangements can be reviewed and modified until the child turns 18, it is very rare for custody to be changed … Read More »



What You Need to Know About Child Custody in Massachusetts

Divorce is described as one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Add children to the mix, coupled with questions of custody, support, and visitation, and emotions and stress can reach a breaking point. Wading through this difficult time calls for the help of a professional such as … Read More »



Pets and Divorce. Custody or Property?

Do you think worrying about what happens to a dog or cat, when there is a divorce, is silly? Probably not if you are a pet lover.

When a couple decides to divorce, the question of who gets the pets is very common. Pet lovers do not buy an animal, … Read More »



What to Do if You Aren’t Getting Visitation with Your Child

If you are the non-custodial parent, not being able to spend time with your child on a daily basis can be painful. Regular visitation should help, but if the other parent is not cooperative or if you have not been granted visitation, you could be wondering what steps you need … Read More »