The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently decided Duval v. Duval. This case deals with the modification of an unallocated support order. While a court may order alimony to support a former spouse and order child support for the care of the parties’ children,...
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently decided Cavanagh v. Cavanagh (2022). This decision has major implications for alimony and child support orders, adding more complexity for judges, attorneys, and parties. The SJC in Cavanagh made...
In Massachusetts, new child support guidelines went into effect on October 4, 2021. Click here to tune in as our attorney team discusses some of the biggest and more interesting changes to the 2021 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Or, read the abbreviated...
Can my former spouse / co-parent force me to get a COVID vaccine for our minor child? As the COVID vaccine becomes available for younger children, many are asking this question. The short answer is that it’s possible. Judges may make orders and judgments...
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 cases of alimony, a court may deviate from the statutory durational limits “in the interests of justice.” But can this deviation from the durational limits occur even after the statutory duration has expired? Recently, the Massachusetts Appeals Court...
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