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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What to do when your ex refuses to comply with your parenting schedule?

Going through a divorce can be an emotionally draining process. The hope is that once all of the issues (such as child support, spousal support, division of property and agreeing to a parenting schedule) are resolved, you can finally move forward. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case as the emotional baggage that accompanied the divorce can remain when dealing with an ex. When you’re facing the frustrating reality that your ex simply won’t comply with your legally binding agreements, whether that be alimony payments or a parenting schedule, you have options. You can attempt dispute resolution through mediation or the
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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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COVID and Traffic Stops: What to know; what’s the difference?

Routine Traffic Stops? No Such Thing Most of us who drive will at some point be pulled over by police for a traffic stop. It is so common that many people know what to do from a young age, perhaps listening to a pulled-over parent walk through the steps from the backseat or in a more formal lecture from mom or dad, auntie or grandpa. In driver’s ed, traffic stops are a covered topic, maybe even complete with role-playing exercises and a quiz at the end. To refresh, when you see lights behind you, or are otherwise directed to pull
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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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Massachusetts Grandparents, Know Your Rights Regarding Visitation and Custody of Your Grandchildren

When it comes to grandparents’ rights, Massachusetts laws can be tricky to navigate. However, grandparents do have financial, visitation, and custody rights under certain circumstances. To utilize such rights, legal assistance might be necessary to help you take action. Grandparents today are frequently faced with decisions about what is best for their grandchildren under challenging situations. Whether seeking visitation or custody, grandparents can take legal recourse when it is in the best interest of the child/children. Visitation Rights Grandparents who are denied visitation with their grandchildren have a legal right to petition the court. However, grandparents are required to prove
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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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How to Land on Your Feet After Divorce

Divorce takes a toll emotionally, physically, and mentally on everyone involved. It’s not uncommon for individuals going through a divorce to want to curl up in bed all day and abandon all responsibilities. As tempting as this sounds, it’s not practical. In fact, doing so can even make things worse. The first step to landing on your feet after divorce is finding acceptance. Just because you’re making the right decision to split up with your partner, doesn’t mean it’s easy.  Accepting your post-divorce life means making adjustments to handle new and different social norms and lifestyle changes. This will look different for everyone. However, there are
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5 Key Questions to Answer When Creating Your Will

A will is an important document to ensure that upon your death your assets are distributed according to your wishes rather than as the state determines. If the idea of creating a will feels like you’re tempting fate, think of it as a road map you’re leaving your family, so they don’t have to stress over making the right decisions on your behalf. If you do not have a will, you are considered to have dies intestate and your property will be divided according to specific state laws and rules rather than as you wished. You may have heard of
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Child Support Modification When One Parent Resides in a Different State

Child Support and Out-of-State Issues Whether one parent is living just over the Massachusetts border in New Hampshire but still commutes to Boston every day, or whether the one parent is living on the West Coast while the children live with the other in the Merrimack Valley, issues of state jurisdiction may come into play when seeking to modify a Massachusetts child support judgment or temporary order. Changing Circumstances, Modifying Orders In Massachusetts, child support is governed either by temporary orders or by final judgements. Temporary orders govern the terms of child support while there is still open legal action
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