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Grounds for Divorce in Massachusetts: Fault or No Fault?

Couples divorce for all kinds of reasons. Some petitions are due to very serious issues, which may include physical abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, or infidelity. More commonly, though, parties don’t get into nitty-gritty specifics when making their initial filing with the court. In fact, most of the proceedings in our state simply cite an irretrievable breakdown (i.e. just not being in…

Alimony Reform Does Not Apply Retroactively

Massachusetts completely reformed its alimony laws as of March 1, 2012.  Since then, there has been a lot of uncertainty when it comes to how the new law is applied to old cases and existing cases.  One of the main questions is whether or not the law would apply retroactively to parties with completed cases with alimony.  The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC)…

Asian Heritage Scholarship Winner Announced

Infinity Law Group is pleased to announce that Jaili Huang, a student at Cardozo Law School in New York City, has been awarded the first annual Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship. Ms. Huang graduated with a BA from Binghamton University, where she made the Dean’s list four semesters in a row. She was also recognized by the NY Attorney General’s office for…

Difference Between Marital and Non-Marital Property

Many people assume that all property and assets that you accumulated before the marriage is automatically separate and therefore “non-marital” property.  As a logical extension of that, property and assets that are accumulated during the marriage is assumed to be “marital.”  Unfortunately in Massachusetts, that is not the case and that is not the law. Absent a prenuptial agreement which would designate…

How To Get an Annulment in MA

You may qualify for an annulment if you can show one or more of the following: You entered the marriage in good faith, but at the time of the marriage, you were induced to enter into the marriage through fraud perpetrated by your spouse The marriage is void by reason of incest, consanguinity, affinity, or polygamy Either you or your spouse did…