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2017 New Child Support Guidelines

Every 4 years, the probate and family court issues a new set of Child Support Guidelines.  The changes are meant to reflect economic realities, changes in the law, and help to clarify how child support amounts are set in Massachusetts. Notable Changes to the Child Support Guidelines: Minimum Presumptive Order If a payor doesn’t make enough money to pay the child support…

The Second Look Test Assures a Fair Prenuptial Agreement

Every year, thousands of people get married with a plan to live happily together for the rest of their lives. In reality, between 40 and 50 percent of those couples will eventually divorce. This is just one of many reasons why couples should consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. Massachusetts law specifically recognizes prenuptial, or antenuptial, contracts concerning the division of assets…

Consider Adding a Sunset Clause to Your Prenuptial Agreement

No matter how intently a couple believes their marriage will last forever, the reality is that the divorce rate in the U.S. is between 40 and 50 percent for first marriages. The rate is even higher for subsequent marriages. Many married couples are now entering into prenuptial (prenup) agreements to deal with the future division of assets and liabilities and whether or…

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Get a Divorce? (or…is it time for me to get a divorce?)

I get asked this question all the time by people calling the office, seeking answers, a direction they should move towards. Often I feel that they’re asking not because they don’t know the answer, but they’re seeking permission from someone – anyone. You Probably Have Many Questions There are a lot of other questions you can ask yourself when you’re on the…

Brand New Massachusetts Divorce App for iPhone and iPad

Ever since we first released our Divorce App in 2012, it has become the go-to app for attorneys, judges, and litigants who want a fast and easy way to calculate the child support guidelines and alimony guidelines. The guidelines aren’t easy to understand and our app allows users to see all the different variations without having to calculate it by hand in…