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The Law offices of Miriam G. Altman, P.C. regularly reviews developments in Massachusetts family / divorce law. Below are summaries of noteworthy recently reported cases as well as recent developments in family law and/or topical articles about the Law Offices of Miriam G. Altman, P.C. and domestic relations / divorce law.
In Ruddy v. Ruddy, the Massachusetts Appeals Court vacated an order which dismissed a husband’s request for the appointment of a new parent coordinator, finding that the parties’ separation agreement was unambiguous in providing that the parties were to utilize a parent coordinator for a period of longer than one year. The parties were divorced … Continue reading Ruddy v. Ruddy, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 10-P-1951, September 13, 2013
In Oliveira v. Oliveira, the parties were divorced in 2006 pursuant to a hand written separation agreement. The agreement provided, in part, that the “[w]ife shall receive 50% of the coverture value of the [h]usband’s military pension for the length of the marriage.” The wife brought a declaratory judgment action to obtain a judicial interpretation … Continue reading Oliveira v. Oliveira, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 12-P-620, January 29, 2013
In Mahoney v. Mahoney, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a finding of contempt where the defendant had made payment the evening before the contempt hearing. The Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a second finding of contempt since the defendant made no diligent and energetic attempt to obtain funds needed to comply with the Court Order. The … Continue reading Mahoney v. Mahoney, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 11-P-524, June 12, 2012
In Murphy v. Murphy, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that the plaintiff/wife was automatically entitled to 6% interest on $160,000 that the husband was ordered to pay to accomplish an equitable division of assets. The Appeals Court otherwise refused to disturb two judgments of contempt with regard to interest and attorney’s fees. The parties’ April … Continue reading Murphy v. Murphy, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 12-P-167, January 28, 2013
In Merrill v. Johnson, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, pursuant to Rule 1:28, affirmed a trial court’s judgment of divorce which did not grant the husband a portion of the wife’s $12 million interest in family trusts. The wife held an interest in family trusts, namely the “Merrill Trusts” and the “Hancock Trust.” The Probate and … Continue reading Merrill v. Johnson, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 11-P-1830, September 19, 2012
Although the appeal was dismissed as moot, in Moreno v. Naranjo, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it is the duty of a judge, under M.G.L. ch. 209A, to extend an abuse prevention order for a time reasonably necessary to protect the plaintiff, and not to rely on considerations irrelevant to the plaintiff’s need … Continue reading Moreno v. Naranjo, 465 Mass. 1001, 987 N.E. 550 (2013)
In McLaughlin v. McLaughlin, the Probate and Family Court found the defendant in contempt for violating two provisions in a judgment of divorce. The Massachusetts Appeals Court, pursuant to Rule 1:28, upheld the judgment finding that the defendant was in contempt of one provision such that there was one sound basis to support the judgment … Continue reading McLaughlin v. McLaughlin, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition, No. 12-P-602, April 22, 2013
In Massachusetts it is public policy that dependent children be maintained and supported, as completely as possible, from the resources of their parents. In divorce, paternity and modification actions, there is a presumption that child support will be paid according to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, subject to certain income limits. The Child Support Guidelines … Continue reading New Child Support Guidelines
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 … Continue reading Tatro v. Allard, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Unpublished Disposition No. 12-P-949, May 6, 2013
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