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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.

New Child Support Guidelines

As of June 15, 2018, new child support guidelines went into effect in Massachusetts. Per the 2018 commentary in the preamble, the June, 2018 amendments revised age adjustment factors in order to “eliminate counterintuitive outcomes in support orders for four or five children, at least one being 18 years of age or older.”  The Trial … Continue reading New Child Support Guidelines



Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, No. 16-P-1131 (2018)

In Ravasizadeh, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a judgment awarding the wife one-half of the appreciated value in the husband’s real estate in Tehran, which was inherited prior to the marriage and had not become a “fabric of the marriage.” The Appeals Court found, however, under the doctrine of comity, that the trial court erred … Continue reading Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, No. 16-P-1131 (2018)



Strayton v. Willwerth, 92 Mass.App. 118 (2017) (Unpublished Disposition)

In Strayton, the Appeals Court reversed a judgment which required a party to pay forty-five percent of their child’s college expenses. The parties divorced in 2001. Their separation agreement provided that the mother have primary custody of the child and the father pay alimony and child support totaling $90,000 per year. The separation agreement provided … Continue reading Strayton v. Willwerth, 92 Mass.App. 118 (2017) (Unpublished Disposition)



S.P. v. B.D., 92 Mass.App.Ct. 1115 (2017) (Unpublished Disposition)

In S.P. v. B.D., the Appeals Court vacated a judgment between never-married parents, which granted the mother sole legal and physical custody of the parties’ two children and provided the father with six hours of supervised visitation per week, and remanded the case to the Probate and Family Court to make explicit findings of fact … Continue reading S.P. v. B.D., 92 Mass.App.Ct. 1115 (2017) (Unpublished Disposition)



Flor v. Flor, 92 Mass.App.Ct. 360 (2017)

In Flor, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the trial court’s findings that a material change in circumstances existed to warrant an award of general term alimony. The Appeals Court also found that the trial court did not err in declining to apply M.G.L. c. 208, §49(f) of the Alimony Reform Act, which creates a presumption … Continue reading Flor v. Flor, 92 Mass.App.Ct. 360 (2017)



George v. George, 476 Mass. 65 (2016)

In George, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (“SJC”) upheld the trial judge’s denial of relief on a complaint to terminate an alimony obligation on the grounds that the complaint was prematurely filed in light of uncodified §5 of the Alimony Reform Act, which provides a phase-in period for when complaints for modification may be … Continue reading George v. George, 476 Mass. 65 (2016)



Massachusetts Child Support Task Force Issues New Child Support Guidelines, Effective September 15, 2017

After a four year review conducted by the Child Support Guidelines Task Force, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Court has promulgated new Child Support Guidelines that went into effect September 15, 2017. In a statement issued by Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, the new guidelines are “responsive to the feedback the Task Force … Continue reading Massachusetts Child Support Task Force Issues New Child Support Guidelines, Effective September 15, 2017



Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, 37 N.E.3d 15 (2015)

In Pfannenstiehl, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that the husband’s beneficial interest in an irrevocable spendthrift trust, set up by the husband’s father and funded with stock in a private family business, was properly included in the marital estate and divided in the divorce. The parties were married in 2000 and lived together until August, … Continue reading Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, 37 N.E.3d 15 (2015)



Kelcourse v. Kelcourse, 87 Mass.App.Ct. 33, 23 N.E. 3d 124 (2015)

In Kelcourse, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the trial court’s finding that the parties’ antenuptial agreement was unconscionable. The parties married on July 6, 1991. At the time of the marriage, the husband, who was in his forties, owned and operated a marina. The wife, in her mid-twenties, was pregnant with the parties’ second child … Continue reading Kelcourse v. Kelcourse, 87 Mass.App.Ct. 33, 23 N.E. 3d 124 (2015)



Lalchandani v. Roddy, 86 Mass. App. Ct. 819, 22 N.E. 3d 166 (2015)

In Lalchandani v. Roddy, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that a husband was not entitled to modification of his alimony obligation even though he had reached retirement age, where his alimony obligation stemmed from a separation agreement which did not merge into the divorce judgment and survived as an independent contract. The parties divorced in … Continue reading Lalchandani v. Roddy, 86 Mass. App. Ct. 819, 22 N.E. 3d 166 (2015)



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