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The Law offices of Miriam G. Altman, P.C. regularly reviews developments in Massachusetts family law reported cases. Below are summaries of noteworthy recently reported cases.

Tatro v. Allard, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 12-P-949, May 6, 2013

In Tatro v. Allard, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed and remanded a Probate and Family Court’s judgment of divorce in light of the serious questions that remained with regard to whether the wife was entitled to alimony. 

The parties were married for 27 years. The husband had a net annual income of $95,235, including salary from a business owned by the parties.  The wife earned $41,000 annually.  The husband remained in the marital home and the wife resided with the parties’ two sons.  The husband was ordered to pay child support. The wife received $75,830 for her interest in the marital home and $85,587 for her interest in the parties’ business. Pointing to errors and undisclosed income, the trial court expressly discounted the wife’s financial statement which asserted that her living expenses considerably exceeded her income.  The trial court determined that the wife did not demonstrate a financial need for alimony.  The wife appealed. 

Read more: Tatro v. Allard

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Ms. Altman lectures in the field of family law for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.


Ms. Altman's publications include "Litigating Domestic Abuse Cases" which appeared in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.