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It is customary in Islam that parties negotiate a mahr. A mahr is a payment from the groom to the bride at the time of the marriage and becomes the bride’s property. During a divorce, does Massachusetts have the authority to enforce the mahr?

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You would not buy a house without giving it careful thought and consideration, same applies when entering into a post judgment agreement. Post judgment agreements are agreements between the parties after a case has ended. These agreements can be verbal or written. Often these agreements…

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double dip & divorce

A question that frequently arises in a divorce is how to treat certain income producing assets. Under Massachusetts law, a Probate and Family Court Judge has the authority to equitably divide the marital estate between the parties. Additionally, the Judge can also award support to…

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Often times, custody situations change but parties do not immediately explore the potential effect on previous child support orders. Under Massachusetts case law, it is clearly established that a child support order cannot be retroactively modified without a pending complaint for modification. See M.G.L. c….

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A lawyer in Ohio made national headlines a short while ago after she was held in contempt for refusing to obey a judge’s order to remove a political pin from her suit. While the term contempt is familiar to most people, few understand when and…

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Effected litigants and attorneys throughout the Commonwealth breathed a sigh of relief when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) provided clarity in the matter of Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl. The matter was remanded to the probate court for further consideration. The Court ruled

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