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Posted on September 22, 2015

I have been a family law attorney for more than 17 years, and I have also been a guardian ad litem investigator who has been appointed by the Court in more than 60 cases, read more

How Does Divorce Affect Children?

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Gail Otis

I am often told by parents, who are contemplating or in the process of divorce, that their children know nothing about the marital disputes. One p read more

Divorce Options: Mediation

Posted on November 23, 2014

Since the economic meltdown that began in 2008, many family law attorneys have noticed a difference in the goals of parties in divorce cases. Prior to 2008, some people who read more

Financial Statement

Posted on November 20, 2014

If you have decided to go forward in pursuing a divorce from your spouse, your head may well be spinning with all that you have heard from your attorney, family and friends. And now you' read more

Divorce Choices

Posted on September 10, 2013

This is the first in a series about how to consider options for pursuing a divorce and how to work with your attorney to keep costs down.

Experiencing a divorce can usually be describ read more

What is mediation and how does it work?

Posted on January 22, 2012

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is commonly used in family matters. It allows participants to meet together with a trained, neu read more

Proposed Alimony Reform in Massachusetts

Posted on October 28, 2010 by Gail Otis

What Next Year's Alimony Law May Contain

Alimony reform in Massachusetts may be just around the corner. read more

What Happens to Your Obligation to Pay Alimony When You Retire?

Posted on October 18, 2010 by Gail Otis

Rudolph F. Pierce vs. Carneice G. Pierce, 455 Mass 286, 916 N.E. 2d 330 (2009) is a significant f read more

Can You Avoid Facing a Complaint for Contempt During the Economic Crisis?

Posted on January 20, 2010 by Gail Otis

The Massachusetts Probate & Family Court divisions are busier than eve read more

Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce

Posted on July 30, 2009 by Gail Otis

Whether you found a divorce attorney's business card in your spouse's pocket, or have just been handed a complaint for divorce by a constable, there are common mi read more

Leaving the Home Does Not Mean Giving Up Your Interest

Posted on July 14, 2009 by Gail Otis

When parties decide that their marriage is over, oftentimes the question arises, 'who is going to move out'? T read more

Removal of Children from the Commonwealth

Posted on July 8, 2009 by Gail Otis

After a divorce judgment has been entered in a case, the children of the couple remain subject to the authority of the court so long as th read more

Alimony duration

Posted on June 19, 2009 by Gail Otis

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has heard arguments in a case and will decide an issue which may result in changes to future decisions regarding alimony. As written, the alimony statute read more

Surviving Divorce

Posted on March 9, 2009 by Gail Otis

Going through a divorce is difficult at any time, but has become even more so as a result of the many problems that many face in this recession. Perhaps the most difficult to resolve is what read more

Recession Affects Divorce

Posted on December 4, 2008 by Gail Otis

For many, the effect of the economic downturn became apparent one year ago as people saw their monthly expenses skyrocket due to the increases in the cost to put gas in the read more

Can my stimulus check be taken for child support?

Posted on September 15, 2008 by Gail Otis

In an article dated September 9, 2008, Boston.com reported on the interception of economic stimulus checks in cases where a pa read more

What should I do if I am served with divorce papers?

Posted on September 8, 2008 by Gail Otis

Service of divorce papers means that someone, typically a constable, has handed you documents filed by your spouse. The read more

Enforcing your divorce agreement

Posted on August 14, 2008 by Gail Otis

If your spouse was ordered to pay you alimony, child support or for other expenses, or to allow you access to your children, and has not done so, then t read more

Is there anything you should do if you are considering a divorce?

Posted on August 14, 2008 by Gail Otis

If you think you may wish to seek a divorce from your spouse, there are steps you can take in p read more

Can I file for Divorce in Massachusetts?

Posted on August 14, 2008 by Gail Otis

If you live with your spouse in Massachusetts, you may file for divorce here. Even if you have not lived with your spouse in Massachusetts as a maread more