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I provide experienced legal guidance in family law, divorce and special education law. I represent parents and families throughout western Massachusetts.

May 2015 Archives

Father of eight seeks custody of quintuplet daughter

Custody battles are usually relatively private affairs. This is certainly better for the children involved, as they have usually already had enough to deal with emotionally, wondering about their future and feeling abandoned or perhaps forced to choose between parents. When a custody battle becomes public, the children often suffer more. This is the situation at least one girl and her siblings are probably facing after her parents' longtime dispute recently garnered reality TV and tabloid headlines.

Massachusetts parents can benefit from family law workshops

Many Massachusetts parents who are close to settling on their divorce or settling child custody or child support legal issues often do not understand the various legal proceedings involved in the matter and the impact that those legal proceedings can have on a family. The state government and volunteers in the legal profession are starting to conduct workshops for parents to make them aware of all of the potential matters that could come up in a family law dispute.

What are the duties of a third-party guardian in Massachusetts?

On rare occasions a family court judge in Massachusetts may find that neither biological parent of a child can serve the best interest of the child. On those rare occasions, third parties, such as other relatives, including grandparents, or even government-appointed officers, can become the guardian of minor children.

How retirement accounts may be affected by divorce

Divorce at a later stage in life can often invite serious financial issues. In many cases, one of the estranged spouses might have to pay thousands of dollars in spousal support and alimony. An older couple who have been married for a long time may have to let go of a substantial portion of their retirement assets and benefits because of the divorce.

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