divorce

Divorce Mediation: Is it For You?

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A very nice woman came to see me this afternoon about a divorce. Her name is not Sally, but I will call her that to protect her privacy. Sally has been married for a long time, and has children with her husband. They have a house, Sally’s husband has a good, solid job, and Sally is […]

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Infedility Domestic Abuse

Is Infidelity a Form of Domestic Abuse?

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Unfaithful husbands are often insensitive to the pain they inflict, just as are other abusers… In many instances, betrayal through infidelity can be very close to what we term domestic violence. Unfaithful husbands, especially if your husband has passive aggressive tendencies, are often insensitive to the pain they inflict, just as are perpetrators of physical and psychological violence. How To […]

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Alimony vs. Child Support

Getting Divorced? Know the Difference Between Alimony and Child Support

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In my divorce planning practice, I have been asked numerous times the question, “Which is better, alimony or child support?” Better is not the correct word to use in this situation and I am quick to point out that “more advantageous” is the proper phrase. In the eyes of the almighty Internal Revenue Service, alimony […]

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family law

THE BENEFITS OF USING FIXED FEES IN CERTAIN FAMILY COURT CASES

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with using fixed and flat fees in certain types of family law cases. Frankly, the response from prospective clients has been very positive. Potential clients seem to like the idea that their costs is fixed and set, and that they can plan and budget for their case.  This makes sense […]

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Annamarie Rintala of Granby

Lesbians More Prone to Partner Violence Than Gay Men

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Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships Increases Shock waves have been ricocheting through Massachusetts recently. 1. In February, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found Nicole Chuminski guilty of a pair of counts on second-degree murder. During an argument between Chuminski and her lover Anna Reisopoulos, Chuminski went into a rage and left. Several hours later Chuminski […]

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The subject of same-sex marriage has generated vast public interest. The modern-day civil rights movement will affect the lives of millions

Keeping Same-Sex Marriage in the Dark

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When the U.S. Supreme Court Tried to Hide a Trial A right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) made history — again. The justices overturned a ruling by a federal judge that would have permitted TV coverage of a trial that ultimately decided the future of California’s Proposition 8. The trial was one of […]

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