If a judge agrees to reduce a party’s existing alimony obligation, does that reduction automatically go into effect once the judgment issues? Or, can the judge delay the reduction’s effective date? A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case, Dolan v. Dolan,...
In many cases involving alimony, the court orders a party to pay alimony at the time of divorce. In some cases, a court may modify alimony after the divorce — either increase, decrease, or altogether terminate alimony. To prevail on an alimony modification, the...
A restraining order serves to protect victims of abuse perpetrated by certain categories of people. In Massachusetts, a court can issue a 209A restraining order against a member or former member of the victim’s household. A court can also issue a 209A restraining...
During a divorce, the court divides the parties’ marital property in an equitable manner. In order to do so, the parties must truthfully disclose their assets and liabilities. But, what if they don’t? What if there is a misrepresentation in disclosing marital assets?...
As a general matter, in order for a court to issue a judgment or order, the court must have the legal authority to do so, known as jurisdiction. There are two types of jurisdiction a court must have. First, a court must have jurisdiction over the people involved in...
In a recent case, the Massachusetts Appeals Court considered whether a workers’ compensation settlement constituted marital property in a divorce. During a divorce, the court divides the property of the spouses’ in an equitable manner. Simply, equitable...
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