Prenuptial Agreements

In a previous BLOG from the same case, we discussed some extraordinary and seemingly one-sided separation agreement language dealing with the issue of removal. Schechter v. Schechter, Mass. App. Ct. No. 13-P-1035. September 9, 2015, is the case that keeps on giving. Because in the same decision from the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the case also […]

New Guidance on Alimony Reform Act of 2011

In 2011 the Massachusetts legislature completely overhauled the alimony system, eliminating lifetime alimony. Appeals of alimony cases under the new law are now reaching appellate courts for review. The recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision in Hassey v. Hassey is one of the first broad appellate treatments of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011. See Hassey […]

Alimony: Temporary vs. General

The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 identifies different types of alimony and sets limits on how long alimony may last. The limits on “general term” alimony are based on duration of a marriage. See G.L. c. 208, §49. Now state courts are sorting out the legal issues that arise as they apply the new […]

Family Court Judges May Now Impose Non-Compete Orders on Spouses

In May 2012, the Massachusetts Appeals Court expanded the equitable authority of Probate and Family Court judges by holding that judges have authority to impose non-compete orders where division of a family business is in controversy. See Cesar v. Sundelin, 81 Mass. App. Ct. 721 (2012).