Understanding the Essentials of Annulment in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a no-fault divorce state which means that as long as you show that the marital relationship is over, you can obtain a divorce. For some people, however, there are religious or social beliefs that may result in a need for an annulment.  A legal annulment is different than a religious annulment and are not connected. Often, people have clauses in their divorce agreement that neither party will oppose a religious annulment or religious divorce.  Legally, the difference between the two is that a divorce will end a marriage whereas an annulment determines there never was a legal marriage
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Pets and Divorce: Custody or Property?

Do you think worrying about what happens to a dog or cat, when there is a divorce, is silly? Probably not if you are a pet lover. When a couple decides to divorce, the question of who gets the pets is very common. Pet lovers do not buy an animal, they adopt a family member. However, while the law focuses on the best interests of human children, pets are legally defined as personal property. Therefore, Courts tend to work under this strict interpretation. Under the law, asking for custody or visitation rights for pets is along the lines of asking for those rights
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Willing to help years later

I hired Atty. Schutzbank 4 years ago for a child support & custody case. He was excellent and really knew his stuff. This year, I had a change in status and I reached out to him today to ask some advise. He provided me with guidance and advice to take care of the change myself. I was not asking for free guidance, but he even offered to pull the file for me if I needed it. Thank you for this exceptional support! by Jeffrey, family law client
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A Very Positive Experience

This was the second time I worked with Attorney Schutzbank on a family matter. I have been extremely satisfied with all of the services I have received from him. He is knowledgeable, efficient and also very attentive. I always felt that I could call or email him with any question and I knew that I would receive a timely response with the information I needed. He was also very effective when communicating with other attorneys who had to be contacted to resolve our matter, efficiently gaging when patience was needed and when it was time to advocate for quicker action.
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Is Collaborative Law Right For Your Divorce

The emotional repercussions of the breakdown of a marriage make divorce one of the most complicated of all legal processes. However, complicated court appearances and stressful litigation are not always necessary. For those that are seeking a more respectful method of resolving the issues and want settle outside of court, collaborative law is an excellent option. The Collaborative Law process sets rules, boundaries and guidelines to assist families in reaching a resolution that meets the needs of everyone. There are many experienced attorneys throughout the state of Massachusetts that are collaboratively trained to assist individuals in this regard. What is
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Thorough and Fully Invested in My Case

Eric was able to get me all that I had required which my previous attorney thought was impossible. Through out the process he was on top of the matters and seemed fully involved and invested in my case. He has great negotiating skills which made this agreement possible. He uses his time efficiently to minimize client expenses. I plan to retain him for my future requirements. I would definitely recommend Attorney Schutzbank to anyone.
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How to Handle False Allegations During Child Custody & Divorce

It seems like everyone knows a story about false allegations during child custody and divorce. One spouse points the finger at the other and receives a restraining order from the court. The wife or husband recognizes that doing this will, almost by default, give them custody of the children and exclusive use of the family home. The accused parent then must defend themselves in court and prove these allegations false. While false accusations are a legal mess, it is also terrible to have someone who you once shared a life make claims of either abuse or neglect. It is something
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Notice: Massachusetts Mandatory Parent Education Programs Update

In order to promote awareness of, and track and enforce attendance at, mandatory Parent Education programs, the Probate and Family Court is implement new requirements, time-frames and forms. To that end, Standing Order 4-08 is repealed effective May 1, 2016, and will be replaced with Standing Order 2-16, effective May 1, 2016. Changes reflected in Standing Order 2-16 include: new required documentation of registration to encourage prompt enrollment; clarification concerning the basis for waiving the mandatory attendance requirement, and highlighted alternative to such waiver when appropriate; and updated information concerning the delivery of parent education services via DVD or online
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Eric Schutzbank Designated as a Founding Member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the AACFL

The American Academy For Certified Financial Litigators (AACFL) welcomes Attorney Eric Schutzbank as a Founding Member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the AACFL. Attorney Schutzbank is in the process of completing his CFL certification. The CFL™ is a designation awarded to select practitioners who have received this high level training and passed the CFL™ examination. The CFL designation ensures customized training in the financial aspects of litigation including accounting, taxation, investments, valuation, forensics and compensation. While other certifications are no absolute assurance of quality or integrity, the CFL™ requires completing the training program and receiving a passing grade on
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Thorough, straight-shooting attorney who gets results

After a long contentious battle in family court, Eric was able to get me the parental rights that I deserve. I have my fair share of experience with attorneys and have often felt neglected, under-advised, and left with little to no positive results. This is the first time I have ever worked with an attorney who is so sharp in every way imaginable. I will certainly be employing him as my attorney in any future legal matters. Joe, divorce client
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