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Mandatory Disclosure in Divorce

In Massachusetts, when a party files for Divorce, Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure, Supplemental Rule 410, Mandatory Self Disclosure, requires that certain documentation be disclosed to the other party within 45 days of service of the summons for a divorce proceeding. The parties may agree otherwise or the court may order a disclosure or non-disclosure.

Removing a child from Massachusetts

Under Massachusetts law, specifically according to MGL Chapter 208 Section 30, a minor child of divorced parents who was either born in the Commonwealth or who has resided within the Commonwealth for at least five years, cannot be permantly removed by one parent without the consent of the other unless the parent seeking to remove the child can give appropraite cause for court order. 

Child Support Guidelines - What are they? How have they changed?

In Massachusetts, the Commonwealth uses Child Support Guidelines to estimate the correct amount of child support to be paid. The amount of support is determined by a set of factors outlined in the Child Support Guidelines and by applying the applicable factors to a Child Support Worksheet.

Why did I get my license taken away for an Immediate Threat?

If your license was removed for an immediate threat, it typically means there is some sort of precipitating factor that lead the Registry of Motor Vehicles (hereinafter "RMV") to issue a suspension. In some cases, the suspension is discretionary, meaning that the RMV thinks that your operation of a motor vehicle poses an immediate threat to public safety. The RMV can revoke without notice for an infinite period.

Celebrity's courtroom antics may have damaged his custody case

The custody trial involving media celebrity Alex Jones ended with the father of three losing physical custody of the children to his ex-wife. It's a rather dramatic turn-around, given that his ex-wife has had only occasional supervised visitation for the last two years.

We've previously discussed the question of whether or not the bombastic star of "Infowars" could lose custody of his children due to his on-the-air antics. His attorneys effectively dealt with the question of what their client was really like by trying to distance the man from the media persona he'd created.

3 tips to protect yourself financially in a divorce

If you had to, could you list off your family's income, assets and debts with a reasonable certainty?

If the answer is, "No," then you need to educate yourself financially before you initiate your divorce. Many times, high-profile couples have prospered together with one spouse taking the financial reigns and the other handling the home and children. When a divorce happens, the less financially-educated spouse often has no idea what sort of stock options the couple holds, what other investments they have or even what banks they're spread around. Sometimes they aren't even aware of property they own because the spouse handling the income bought it as an investment and didn't bother telling them.

Could 'Infowars' broadcaster's custody rights be in jeopardy?

Judges in custody cases have a pretty wide latitude to consider virtually anything that they consider relevant to the child's best interest.

That could be bad new for Alex Jones, the fiery host of the broadcast show "Infowars."

Gray divorces: Why they happen and how to avoid them

Somewhere around 2007, a new phrase entered the vocabulary of the divorce attorney: "gray divorce."

It was once virtually unheard of for couples who had been together for decades to divorce, no matter how decayed the bonds of their matrimony -- now, it's becoming much more commonplace.