How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

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Many studies show that divorce is among the top three greatest lifetime stressors. Accordingly, when navigating the divorce process, it is imperative that you are confident in the divorce lawyer you choose. Where to Start When Selecting A Divorce Lawyer Reviewing an attorney’s website and obtaining personal referrals are a good way to start your search for a divorce lawyer.  …

What is the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody of Children?

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A question I am frequently asked by clients is, “What is the difference between legal vs. physical custody of children?” In the context of custody cases of minor children, the Court determines both legal and physical custody. What is Legal Custody? Legal custody involves decision-making authority with respect to children. Legal custody applies to significant decisions, such as those involving …

Real Estate Considerations During Divorce

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The equity in a couple’s home is oftentimes one of the largest marital assets, making it one of the most significant aspects of a divorce settlement. When deciding how to divide real estate between spouses, the question generally comes down to whether the house will be sold and the proceeds divided equally, or whether one person will buy the other …

MA Remote Hearing Zoom Links

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Many Massachusetts judges use Zoom for remote hearings. Below you will find the zoom links required to attend remote hearings in the Worcester County Probate & Family Court. Click on the link for your Judge to enter your hearing at the designated time.

How to Prepare for Zoom Hearings and What to Expect

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Zoom hearings are a new phenomenon, thanks to COVID-19. Prior to March 2020, Zoom had only very rarely been used in a legal capacity. Though telephonic hearings had been used in certain settings, video hearings had been relatively nonexistent. Enter the coronavirus and all that has now changed, as much of the world has adopted Zoom as an essential way …

How Divorce Proceedings Have Changed During COVID-19

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Divorce in and of itself is very stressful. Unfortunately, recent changes in divorce proceedings brought about by the global pandemic have only served to increase the amount of stress involved. Getting a divorce in 2021 is going to look very different from what it looked like prior to March 1, 2020. What is Different About Divorce in 2021? Since the …

Co-Parenting During Covid-19

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Though COVID-19 has certainly thrown us a number of curveballs over the last year, Massachusetts Courts have made it clear that the pandemic is not a reason to suspend previously existing parenting plans that had already been approved by the Court. In fact, the Chief Justice of the Probate Court in Massachusetts recently issued an open letter reiterating that both …