Category: Divorce and Separation

What to Expect During a Massachusetts Divorce

When considering divorce, there is a lot at stake. Many people are overwhelmed by the legal aspects of divorce, so this article will outline some common questions individuals ask during a Massachusetts Divorce. How much does a Massachusetts divorce cost? Wanting to know the cost of divorce is understandable. Unfortunately, the answer differs for every case as each couple faces

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Can I get a temporary restraining order against my ex?

Individuals who are married, living together, have a child together, or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship can request an a 209A Order in Massachusetts, also known as the abuse prevention law which allows victims to ask for a court order to protect them. This is sometimes also referred to as an abuse prevention order, restraining order,

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The Consequences Of Hiding Assets During Divorce

While weddings can bring out the best in people, divorce can do the opposite. With financial issues noted as one of the leading causes of divorce, it’s no surprise that a spouse may attempt to conceal assets. Whether or not you’re facing a high-stakes divorce, many spouses attempt to keep funds shielded from the property division process. This is not

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Attorney Katharine G. Kelly Named 2021 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Katharine Kelly has been selected as a 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer

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When an Older Couple Divorces, Does Massachusetts Law Consider the Length of the Marriage?

Rise of the Gray Divorce  While short-lived marriages are the stuff of tabloid articles and morbid curiosity, the public tends to think of twenty-year or thirty-year marriages as unshakeable. With advances in medicine and an overall increase in lifespans from our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there has come about a new social phenomenon: the “gray” or “silver” divorce. Other names

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Property Division During Divorce When Only One Name Is On The Deed

Just like every marriage is different, the details of every divorce are different too. Couples have numerous reasons for only having one spouse’s name on the deed of their home. If this is the case for you and your spouse, this does not mean the deed holder automatically is awarded the house. Let’s review Massachusetts marital property laws to better

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Dividing Qualified Retirement Plans in the Aftermath of Divorce

Splitting assets during a divorce can be an arduous task. To complicate things, the division of certain retirement savings accounts requires an extra step. DRO vs. QDRO Divorce proceedings often conclude with a domestic relations order (DRO) to lay out the division of retirement assets. However, assets from a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), are covered by the

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dividing property

The Massachusetts Divorce Process: What You Need To Know

Whether you’re anticipating a separation or contemplating divorce, you should know some key information regarding divorce in Massachusetts. Reasons for Divorce There are several permitted grounds for divorce under Massachusetts law. Traditional fault grounds—such as adultery or incarceration—as well as no-fault grounds, are justifiable means for divorce. No-fault grounds describe a faultless but irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Support Payments

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Co-parenting in Massachusetts Pending Your Divorce

Co-parenting describes a parenting relationship in which the two parents of a child are not romantically involved but still assume joint responsibility for their child’s upbringing. The extent to which parents can effectively co-parent significantly impacts how children will adjust to the transitions associated with a separation or divorce. Parent Communication and Interaction Parents are responsible for major-life decisions, like

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What to Expect During a Massachusetts Divorce

When considering divorce, there is a lot at stake. Many people are overwhelmed by the legal aspects of divorce, so this article will outline some common questions individuals ask during a Massachusetts Divorce. How much does a Massachusetts divorce cost? Wanting to know the cost of divorce is understandable. Unfortunately, the answer differs for every case as each couple faces

Read More »

Can I get a temporary restraining order against my ex?

Individuals who are married, living together, have a child together, or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship can request an a 209A Order in Massachusetts, also known as the abuse prevention law which allows victims to ask for a court order to protect them. This is sometimes also referred to as an abuse prevention order, restraining order,

Read More »

The Consequences Of Hiding Assets During Divorce

While weddings can bring out the best in people, divorce can do the opposite. With financial issues noted as one of the leading causes of divorce, it’s no surprise that a spouse may attempt to conceal assets. Whether or not you’re facing a high-stakes divorce, many spouses attempt to keep funds shielded from the property division process. This is not

Read More »

Attorney Katharine G. Kelly Named 2021 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Katharine Kelly has been selected as a 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer

Read More »

When an Older Couple Divorces, Does Massachusetts Law Consider the Length of the Marriage?

Rise of the Gray Divorce  While short-lived marriages are the stuff of tabloid articles and morbid curiosity, the public tends to think of twenty-year or thirty-year marriages as unshakeable. With advances in medicine and an overall increase in lifespans from our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there has come about a new social phenomenon: the “gray” or “silver” divorce. Other names

Read More »

Property Division During Divorce When Only One Name Is On The Deed

Just like every marriage is different, the details of every divorce are different too. Couples have numerous reasons for only having one spouse’s name on the deed of their home. If this is the case for you and your spouse, this does not mean the deed holder automatically is awarded the house. Let’s review Massachusetts marital property laws to better

Read More »

Dividing Qualified Retirement Plans in the Aftermath of Divorce

Splitting assets during a divorce can be an arduous task. To complicate things, the division of certain retirement savings accounts requires an extra step. DRO vs. QDRO Divorce proceedings often conclude with a domestic relations order (DRO) to lay out the division of retirement assets. However, assets from a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), are covered by the

Read More »
dividing property

The Massachusetts Divorce Process: What You Need To Know

Whether you’re anticipating a separation or contemplating divorce, you should know some key information regarding divorce in Massachusetts. Reasons for Divorce There are several permitted grounds for divorce under Massachusetts law. Traditional fault grounds—such as adultery or incarceration—as well as no-fault grounds, are justifiable means for divorce. No-fault grounds describe a faultless but irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Support Payments

Read More »

Co-parenting in Massachusetts Pending Your Divorce

Co-parenting describes a parenting relationship in which the two parents of a child are not romantically involved but still assume joint responsibility for their child’s upbringing. The extent to which parents can effectively co-parent significantly impacts how children will adjust to the transitions associated with a separation or divorce. Parent Communication and Interaction Parents are responsible for major-life decisions, like

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