Yearly Archives: 2010

Massachusetts Authorizes Post-Nuptial Agreements

August 04, 2010 | Blog, Court Decisions, Divorce, Marital Property, Settlement

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The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled recently that agreements between spouses who plan to continue their marriage but wish to define their legal rights and obligations in the event of divorce are enforceable in that state. Some states (notably Ohio) do not permit spouses to execute agreements waiving their marital rights unless they are actually pursuing divorce, and the law of many states is unsettled. In its recent decision, […]

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Facebook Cheating

July 15, 2010 | Blog, Divorce

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News stories were posted today on CNN.com and VanityFair.com claiming that a growing number of people are using Facebook to cheat on their spouses…. and getting caught! Divorce lawyers have discovered that many careless cheaters leave obvious evidence of their infidelity on social networking sites, where anyone can find it. In fact, a site called FacebookCheating.com has recently popped up to hype this phenomena. According to CNN, “a recent survey […]

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Kids and summer jobs: Some tax reminders

July 12, 2010 | Blog, Family Law News, Income Calculations

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My friends at Crawford Ellenbogen LLC  know a lot about taxes. One of their principals, Victor Dozzi CPA, recently sent me a great tip about kids who are earning income from summer jobs, and I asked him if I could share it with you. He agreed, so here it is: Are your children working at summer jobs this year?  If so, here are some tax reminders. * If a child […]

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Exclusive Possession of Marital Residence

July 07, 2010 | Blog, Divorce, Marital Property

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A thorny issue that arises early in many divorce proceedings is the question of who may live in the marital residence during the separation period. Generally speaking, the courts will not evict either spouse from the marital residence during separation if they are living together peacefully and have not voluntarily moved away. This principle leads some devious spouses to seek questionable or even fraudulent protection from abuse (PFA) orders. Spouses who […]

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