Open letter regarding co-parenting during the holidays from Chief Justice John D. Casey

As we begin this holiday season, I reach out to encourage parents to continue cooperating with each other to ensure that children have safe, healthy parenting time.  Although I do not know exactly what we will experience in the upcoming weeks, there is no doubt that the holidays will feel different this year.  During this time of uncertainty and stress, it is even more important that parents focus on what is best for their children.  Leaders of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts created the following guide, “Navigating the Holidays with COVID-19:
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Middlesex Probate and Family Court – South will be moving to Woburn on Monday, November 9th

On Friday, November 6, 2020, Middlesex Probate and Family Court – South will move out of its historic location in East Cambridge to begin new operations in a newly-constructed courthouse in Woburn. Previously, in May 2020, the Court implemented a division of the county and the creation of Middlesex Probate and Family Court – North, moving half of the staff to begin full-time operations in the new Lowell Justice Center. Middlesex Probate and Family Court – South will be open for business on Monday November 9, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at 10-U Commerce Way in Woburn. With the Lowell location
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Attorney Eric Schutzbank Named as a 2020 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Eric Schutzbank has been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to
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Resumption of Jury Trials in State Courts Pushed Out to November 9th

State Court jury trials are no longer scheduled to start on October 23rd. The new earliest potential start date for jury trials in state courts is Monday, November 9th per the announcement of Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey on October 16th. The Supreme Judicial Court had previously authorized Phase 1 in the resumption of jury trial to begin no earlier than October 23rd. Plans call for initially conducting a limited number of jury trials, with six-person juries, in a designated number of state courthouses. That plan was pursuant to recommendations in a report issued by the Jury Management
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Divorce Webinar: How to Overcome Parenting Challenges & Court Delays during Covid-19

July 2, Wednesday 2:00 – 2:45 PM Learn more: Divorce Webinar Info Register here: registration Open to the Public Co-parenting in the best of times is challenging. This is the worst of times: COVID-19, no school or camp, unemployment. What can parents do? With courts essentially closed, what resources can families turn to resolve their conflicts and keep kids safe? • Learn how to parent in a pandemic. • Learn about how to take control, even when your life feels out of control. Register here: registration
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Essex and Middlesex County Probate & Family Court tests ‘virtual registry’

The Probate & Family Court is testing the use of videoconferencing for registry assistance to the general public. The Essex and Middlesex Probate & Family Court registers’ offices have begun using Zoom videoconferencing to operate virtual registries. The program creates a virtual registry for Probate & Family Court matters using a Zoom videoconference meeting link that operates during normal business hours – Monday through Friday, from 8am – 4:30pm. when a host from a register’s office is logged in. In Essex and Middlesex, users who enter the virtual registry are placed in a waiting room until the host admits individuals
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Attorney Eric Schutzbank Named as a 2020 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Eric Schutzbank has been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to
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Divorce Webinar: Domestic Abuse and Financial Safety

June 10th, Wednesday 2:00 – 2:45 PM Learn more: Divorce Webinar Info Register here: registration Open to the Public Experts predict the divorce floodgates will open when society reopens, especially with domestic violence on the rise during these COVID 19 times. Are you aware of someone who is in an abusive situation or contemplating divorce? We know how to help avoid common and costly financial mistakes and protect themselves from further harm. • If you are suffering from physical or emotional abuse, know your rights, know your resources and know your options. Stop the hurt. We can help. • Get
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Attorney Eric Schutzbank Elected to the Board of Governors

Attorney Eric Schutzbank has been elected by the Board of Governors at Temple Emanuel in Andover, Massachusetts to serve on the Board for a three year term. The Board of Governors meets regularly to discuss issues related to the operations of the Temple. Temple Emanuel’s Mission Founded one hundred years ago, Temple Emanuel of Andover is an inclusive and vibrant Reform community that is committed to serving the needs of our congregants and local community. We offer A Lifelong Jewish Journey for people of all ages through a range of services and programs that celebrate Jewish life, learning, community and
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