Litigation

Not all divorces are the same.

Mediation

Successful mediation needs expert guidance.

Collaborative Divorce

Reach a settlement through the collaborative process

Divorce Options

Family disputes are personal, and often sad and stressful. Even more stressful, when those disputes result in litigation, they are subject to a system of time standards, procedural rules and evidentiary requirements which may be overwhelming and confusing to you. But there are alternatives to litigation which allow you to proceed at your own pace, in a safe and confidential setting and with dignity and respect. On the following tabs, I will discuss three of those options and how they differ from litigation.

Coffee

You and your spouse discuss the terms for settlement.

Mediation

A neutral third party helps you and your spouse discuss terms for settlement and explore ways around impasse.

Collaborative Divorce

A team of lawyers and other professionals help you and your spouse discuss and negotiate terms of settlement.

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The Durational Limits of General Term Alimony

In 2011, the Alimony Reform Act was passed to put an end to indefinite awards of alimony. Under the Act, the duration of alimony awards is generally limited to a period of months measured as a percentage of the number of years of the marriage.

So, the updated calculations are:

For a Marriage of 5 years or less:
50% of the number of months of the marriage

Marriages over 5 years and up to 10 years:
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Child Support and College Tuition

As you may be aware of, Massachusetts child support laws do not remove the onus of paying child support once a child reaches the age of 18. And, if a child is planning to attend college, the cost of tuition also becomes a factor involving both parents. Many questions swirl around this common household situation such as “Does paying tuition change the amount of support paid?”, “Are both parents expected to kick in equally?” and so on. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on this sometimes sticky issue:

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