How To Protect Your Children During a Divorce

Children are more intuitive than we give them credit. Divorce takes a toll on every member of the family, but it’s essential to make sure the children understand that the end of your marriage is not the end of the parent-child relationship. Have an Open Discussion Before sitting down with your child to announce the divorce, make a plan with your ex. Let the kids know what is going on with an open discussion as a family. This isn’t always easy when two parents are struggling to communicate, but the children will be comforted by having the family unit together.
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Am I Allowed to Date if My Divorce is Pending?

Divorce can be a lengthy process, and for many divorcing couples, the marriage is over emotionally long before a divorce is legally pursued. It’s not uncommon for a spouse to consider dating while their divorce is pending. The short answer to the question ‘to date or not to date’ is that there is no law in Massachusetts that prevents spouses from dating after separating or divorcing. So yes, you are allowed to date when your divorce is pending. However, before diving into the dating pool, you should be aware of the potential legal and financial consequences. Keep in mind, under
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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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Know Your Legal Rights When Protesting

Before heading out to participate in a protest, it’s a good idea to have a firm grasp of your legal rights. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and right to petition. This means you have a legal and constitutional right to express your view through protest. Where to Engage in Free Speech Activity In general, you can lawfully engage in free speech activities, such as protests, in traditional “public forums” such as streets, sidewalks,
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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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What is co-parenting, and how do we do it once we are divorced?

Co-parenting describes a parenting relationship in which the two parents of a child are not romantically involved but still assume joint responsibility for their child’s upbringing. The extent to which parents can effectively co-parent significantly impacts how children will adjust to the transitions associated with a separation or divorce. Parents are responsible for major-life decisions, like those concerning religion, discipline, finances, morality, recreation, physical health, education, and emergencies. Whether married or divorced, agreement on these matters can differ but should be discussed and made jointly. It’s not uncommon for parents to be uncooperative with one another during a divorce. This
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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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My ex is refusing to pay court-ordered support. What can I do?

When a divorce is finalized, a divorce decree outlines essential information about the court’s decision. A divorce decree is an enforceable order by the court that both parties are legally mandated to follow. Items outlined can include payment of child support or spousal support, a transfer of property, or specific visitation schedules. Unfortunately, too often, parties neglect or elect to ignore the outlined orders. This can greatly harm a party who is dependent on support or waiting to receive assets being divided. While the penalties to the offending party for these transgressions can be severe (financial sanctions, payment of filing party’s attorney’s fees), the
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