Last year, the Massachusetts Appeals Court rendered a decision which, among other, reiterated longstanding legal precedent regarding a custodial parent’s ability to remove a minor child from the Commonwealth. See Schechter v. Schechter, Mass. App. Ct. No. 13-P-1035. September 9, 2015. What sets Schechter apart from other cases dealing with removal isn’t the fact that […]
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When contemplating a divorce, one spouse may desire to relocate to another state, for various reasons. If there are children involved in the divorce, and the spouse desiring to relocate is the primary custodian of those children, moving to another state is not a guarantee. A recent decision by the Massachusetts Appeals Court added to […]
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 […]
In the case of Iv vs. Hang, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 598 (2013), two divorced parents clashed over who could claim dependency tax exemptions for their two children. A Massachusetts Probate Court awarded the exemptions to the father, who was also required to pay child support to the custodial mother. Wanting to claim the exemptions […]
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 […]
Many parents reason that they should be able to stop paying child support when a child turns eighteen, finishes high school, or begins a job or college. In Massachusetts, G.L. c. 208, § 28 limits the support orders for these older children, but provides that the court may still order support for children aged 18-20 […]
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).
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