Laurie Israel

Mediator as Truthsayer

by Laurie Israel Mediation is not one monolithic technique. Mediators and mediation... 

Where Does Marital Mediation Fit In?

by Laurie Israel During the past quarter century, academics and others writing about... 

Is Mediating Prenups a Form of Marital Mediation?

by Laurie Israel, Esq. As published in Huffington Post, August 12, 2014.  My mediation... 

The Secret Language Lawyers Speak

“Your Divorce, Idiomatically Speaking”, published on March 15, 2012,... 

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Are Self-Modifying Alimony Provisions Enforceable?

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case, Hassey v Hassey,... 

Can You Start A Divorce Action On Facebook?

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. In a March of 2015 ruling that is as groundbreaking as it... 

How to Obtain Court Orders in Divorce or Post–Divorce cases without Hearings     

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. Rule 412 (actually Supplemental Probate and Family Court... 

Marvin Gaye, “Here, My Dear”, and a Creative Divorce Settlement (Part 1)

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. If you’re a fan of good music and you’ve never heard... 

Can An Alimony Obligation be Modified under terms of The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011?

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. When the Massachusetts legislature enacted the Alimony Reform... 

Town’s Policy for Student Residency Put to the Test

By Matthew Solomon, Esq. According to a Massachusetts Superior Court judge, a town... 

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New Cases

Hassey v. Hassey, 85 Mass. App. Ct. 518 (2014)

This was a divorce after an eleven year marriage. Upon divorce, the probate judge ordered husband to pay monthly alimony that was approximately forty-one percent of the difference in incomes, which exceeded the thirty to thirty-five percent range set forth in the Alimony Reform Act. The Appeals Court stated that although such a deviation is “reasonable... [Read more of this review]

Rodman v Rodman, SJC-11726 (Jan. 30, 2015)

2008 divorce with merged alimony judgment predated the Alimony Reform Act. Ex-husband sought to terminate alimony as he had reached full retirement age as defined by M.G.L. ch. 208, section 48. Ex-husband argued that modification based on full retirement allowable in merged divorce judgment because a merged judgment is “prospective” in effect. Court... [Read more of this review]

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