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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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Guatemalan President, Alvaro Colom, is in his last term. The Guatemalan constitution prohibits relatives of the outgoing president to run for re-election. Fortunately, President Colom’s political party is not using the strategy of Libyan President Gaddafi or Ivory Coast’s President Gbagbo by using force to…

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Every year there are a slew of new joksters on April 1st. While everyone knows that it is April 1st and it is necessary to be on guard, there are those that still forget that the word gullible is not written on the ceiling. This…

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You have probably heard stories of how nasty spouses can be to each other during a divorce. Spouses frequently complain that their ex or soon-to-be ex is purposely trying to undermine them, control them, and make their life miserable. The following story is amongst the…

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Grandparents relationships with their grandchildren vary. Some grandparents assist with the daycare of the grandchildren, some grandparents are 100% responsible for raising their grandchildren, some grandparents shower their grandchildren with presents and others only see their grandchildren on the holidays. This is not an exhaustive…

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The use of electronic correspondence is not new in divorce court. Parties have been using Facebook, MySpace and blog postings as evidence in Court to help support their positions. The following is a particularly spectacular story of how two spouses used Facebook as part of…

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In January 1976 Massachusetts embraced no fault divorce. It was seven years after California was the first state to allow no fault divorces. Thirty years ago no fault divorce opponents unsuccessfully argued that the sacred institution of marriage would be destroyed if couples could get…

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Following Part I in this three-part series on Massachusetts Harassment Prevention Orders, this post focuses on the most recent Massachusetts Supreme Court decision discussing the requirements for the issuance of a Harassment Prevention Order and its relation to constitutionally protected and unprotected speech.

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