Divorcing With Disabled Children


Attorneys Brian McLaughlin and Peter Farrell presented at one of the Boston Bar Association’s monthly Brown Bag seminars. Attorney McLaughlin, a family and special education attorney, and Attorney Farrell, a special education attorney, spoke about the process of divorcing with a disabled child and co-parenting. The presentation covered the unique perspective of having a child […]

The Most Critical Child Custody Forms


Going through a separation or divorce can be devastating all by itself, but when children are involved, the added stress and pressure and be extraordinary. If you’re seeking parental rights for your youngster, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of child custody forms available. In the state of Massachusetts, there are many forms, and […]

6 Quick tips when you’re getting a divorce in MA


Divorce is rarely easy, but in certain states, within the U.S. the process can be drawn-out and quite public. Fortunately, Massachusetts has divorce laws in place ensuring that in many cases neither spouse needs to be publicly blamed for the breakdown of the marriage, and the waiting period before a divorce is relatively brief. But […]

When do I need child custody lawyers?


If your partner has filed for divorce, or both you and your spouse have decided to go separate ways, the issue of child custody is definitely of utmost importance. A lawyer who specializes in child custody may be necessary because not all divorce or family lawyers have the experience in handling the placement of children […]

Alternative to The Standard Divorce Process

Divorce, divorce process

Consider using alternatives to the standard divorce process There is a new pilot program called The Limited Issue Settlement Conference, whereby if you were represented by counsel and there is a proposed agreement, a retired judge will help you resolve your difference with your significant other, thereby avoiding countless hours with your lawyer, and needless […]

Essential Question’s to Ask Before Choosing your Counsel

Alimony, alimony reform act, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law, Legislation, Massachusetts alimony, mediation, Military, paternity, questions for attorneys

Be sure to ask these questions before choosing who is going to represent you in your family law matter! What is the hourly fee for the attorney? Who is his paralegal? What is his/her hourly fee? To reduce costs, please handle by electronic mail rather than paying for copies and postage. What does the attorney […]

Vaida v. Vaida

Divorce, estate planning, Family Law, financial planning

November Case Summary Vaida v. Vaida 13-P-I827 The plaintiff, Nancy C. Vaida (mother), appeals from an order for summary judgment on her complaint seeking that the defendant, George A. Vaida (father), pay post minority support for his twenty-three year old physically disabled son. The parties had three minor children. While the parties were separated and […]

Think Before Divorce

Divorce, Family Law

Here are some recent statistics from a seminar which I attended that paint a disturbing picture of the divorce process and should give any lawyer pause before filing their next divorce case: Children of Divorce are: twice as likely to drop out of school as those from intact homes three time as apt to have […]

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