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Isn't domestic violence largely a problem for female victims?

That above-posed query in today's blog headline is not a loaded question, so trust your instincts.

To wit: There won't be many inside analysts or subject-matter commentators bracing to argue against a response that, yes, domestic violence is predominantly an issue for women dealing with male abusers.

A few things to note re post-divorce relocation with children

Perhaps you're a divorced Massachusetts parent that wants to move outside the state with your children. Things seem better elsewhere. Maybe you just received an attractive job offer with increased pay. Or perhaps it's the case that a move will place your kids closer to loving grandparents or secure their placement in a better school.

Conversely, you might well have different views concerning out-of-state relocation if you a parent currently living near your children and well satisfied with an existing visitation schedule. And maybe you have various good-faith grounds for opposing an ex-spouse's relocation afar with the kids.

How do I share custody with my ex-spouse?

As couples with children start going through a divorce, most of the time they want nothing more than to focus on the children and make them the top priority. That can feel easier said than done when working with an ex-spouse.

As you and your ex start working on a shared custody plan, it’s important to establish exactly what custody you will share and how you will continue working together to be good parents to your children.

Separate versus marital: Is that a discussion worth having?

If you visit a seasoned family law attorney prior to marriage with the terms "separate" and "marital" on your mind, that lawyer is going to know exactly what you are concerned about.

In a word: property.

When asset protection takes on a sinister twist

Many people likely think of estate planning professionals when they hear the words "asset protection." And, of course, safeguarding wealth is a core concern of estate administration practitioners focused upon promoting their clients' best financial interests.

A recent article on marital assets reveals a darker underbelly of the industry, though. That is a realm participated in by a select group of individuals and firms that promote the game of "now you see it, now you don't."

Something to ponder if you're a baby boomer about to remarry

If you are a so-called baby boomer nearing retirement who is happily contemplating a second marriage that you just know is going to work, congratulations. Many people find true love and lasting stability in repeat unions that follow younger failings.

They also find something else, though, which family law commentators routinely stress merits thorough attention prior to a subsequent betrothal. A recent national article sums it up by pointing to "a lot of personal and financial decisions that need to be discussed before the wedding party."

Update on key alimony reforms: 2019 looming large

Alimony has been a hot-button family law topic for many months now. We noted that in a recent blog post, noting in our December 19 entry from last year President Trump's pledge to sign a congressional bill into law "before Christmas."

Well, he did precisely that. We stressed in the above post that we would timely address the law's "implications for alimony and other important family law considerations" in a timely manner. That moment reasonably seems to be right now, in the near wake of enactment and with the proverbial smoke having lifted a bit to reveal the clear details of what are unquestionably big alimony-linked changes.

Hiding assets is worse than cheating?

Stashing a few hundred dollar bills away for a couples trip to your favorite Air BnB is not what you would consider “hiding assets.” A marriage is a partnership. The expectation between two people in that union is that they share everything. Well, unfortunately, that is not always the case. It is estimated that more than 15 million people are hiding credit cards, checking accounts or savings from their live-in partners according to a study done by Bankrate. The financial services company found that hiding assets can have the same devastating effect as being unfaithful to your partner.

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Not every contested divorce is court-bound, but some certainly are

An understandable misconception held by many is that a so-called contested divorce occurring in Massachusetts or elsewhere is necessarily headed straight to a court for pitched battle and a judge-directed resolution.

That belief, though not entirely accurate, is widely shared in public; after all, television shows and movies routinely pitch it in courtroom dramas.

The sale of a family business in divorce is not inevitable

Of course it's not your child, but you can certainly get protective and emotional when it comes to your family business, right?

If you've got one of those, you undoubtedly worked long and hard -- perhaps alone, maybe alongside your spouse -- to make it profitable. You nurtured it, strengthened it through astute business decisions and now regard it as being almost an appendage of your personal and professional life.

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