Upon filing a Massachusetts complaint for divorce, you will receive a summons that you must have served on your spouse. The summons serves several purposes. 1) It informs the non filing spouse that you have filed for divorce. 2) It then instructs your spouse to…

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Often times, the decision whether or not to file for divorce is a tough one. Once you file and the complaint and summons are served on your spouse, you may feel a sense of relief but also a feeling of panic: what do I do…

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This post concludes the three-part series on the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court’s recently released Standing Order 1-17. Below is a further discussion of Bower v. Bournay-Bower and whether Standing Order 1-17 successfully implemented the advice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”)

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Following Part I in this three-part series on the Probate and Family Court’s newly released Standing Order 1-17, this post discusses the 2014 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision (“SJC”) that first suggested the creation of a rule pertaining to the appointment of parenting coordinators.

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Two and a half years ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued a decision regarding the ability of judges to appoint parenting coordinators to assist parties with their parenting plans. In Bower v. Bournay-Bower, the SJC suggested that the Probate and Family Court promulgate…

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