Alternatives to Massachusetts Family Court

By Tracy Fischer Family law disputes such as divorce, child custody, visitation, and spousal support discussions are often emotional and can be stressful. When two parties cannot agree, they may believe taking their case to court is the only option. However, litigation is expensive, emotionally draining and can be a very lengthy process. Additionally, the…

How to Choose a Divorce Mediator in Massachusetts

When looking for and choosing a divorce mediator you should consider a variety of factors.  The most important is experience and training of the mediator.  The Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators has a rigorous certification process for divorce and family mediators.  As the current chairperson of the Certification Committee for MCFM, and a Certified Mediator…

Alimony and Remarriage in Massachusetts

Divorce is a challenging time for both spouses. So many factors involving the outcome can have lasting effects. Alimony is no exception. Alimony refers to a specified amount of money paid to one spouse by the other spouse during and after divorce. The purpose is to help the lower-earning spouse maintain a reasonable standard of…

Parenting Together Through Divorce

By Tracy Fischer Our children are an integral part of our lives and keeping them safe and feeling secure is what parenting is all about.  Parenting together after divorce presents new challenges to an already difficult process, but navigating painful emotions to maintain a united front is an essential part of the job.  The bottom…

A Divorce Expo?

By Tracy Fischer This weekend, for the first time ever, a divorce expo is being held in Manhattan and the week before in Michigan.  Modeled after the very popular Bridal Expo these events will combine exhibitors like divorce lawyers, mediators, therapists, collaborative law specialists with make up specialists, life and dating coach’s.  One has the…

New Massachusetts Alimony Law

By Tracy Fischer October 2011 – read the entire Alimony Reform Act (PDF) The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was just passed into law amending Massachusetts  General Law chapter 208 section 34, adding section 48, clarifying the nature and duration of alimony.  The law will become effective in March of 2012 First, four different…

Massachusetts Post-Nuptial Agreements

By Tracy Fischer The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts found that post-nuptial agreements entered into under specific conditions would be enforceable. Post-nuptial agreements are made by couples contemplating divorce but still trying to work on their marriage and not yet ready to commit to divorce. They are able, through this type of agreement, to decide…

Changes in Massachusetts Alimony Rulings

By Tracy Fischer What This Means For You The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has made a controversial ruling recently regarding alimony payments. They decided that alimony payments do not automatically end when the paying spouse reaches the age of retirement. In the recent case the spouse who had been paying alimony, voluntarily retired at the…