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Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook & Citator

  • Product Number: 1910263EBK
  • Publication Date: 5/7/2024
  • Edition: 2024 Edition
  • Copyright: © 2024 MCLE, Inc.
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    All of the resources you need daily in your family law practice in one practical publication—state and federal statutes, regulations, court rules, and procedures. Case annotations on important points of law immediately follow statutory text, so that you can instantly see how the courts have interpreted a particular statute. Concise and practical summaries of family law cases decided by the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court in the past year are organized chronologically in the case digest. An archive of previously published case digests dating back to 1975 is also included as an added feature.

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    • Update: May 2024

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for updating your family law reference library up to date with the 2024 edition of the Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook & Citator .This product combines the latest in sourcebook materials— statutes, regulations, and administrative resources—with a case digest summarizing decisions from the Massachusetts appellate courts. The book's entire contents are downloadable, along with more than four decades of collected decision abstracts, for enhanced access and searchability.

      Highlights from the updates for 2024 include

      • updated information on Probate and Family Court personnel;
      • an excerpt from state wiretap laws prohibiting interception or recording of wire or oral communications without consent of all parties;
      • nearly thirty new annotations, covering case law developments, primarily relating to Massachusetts statutory provisions;
      • an amendment to the statute governing qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs);
      • an updated list of signatories to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
      • new Probate and Family Court standing orders and new Guidelines for Professional Parenting Time Supervisors;
      • substantial updates to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines for 2023; and
      • summaries of twenty-five decisions from the Massachusetts appellate courts published during 2023, addressing, among other topics, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children; forum non conveniens, District Court awards of initial support orders; guardianships involving substituted judgment for treatment with antipsychotic medication; antenuptial agreements; Chapter 209A abuse prevention orders; valuation of foreign real estate; standards for return of an engagement ring following the end of a relationship; unfitness to parent, and the effect of attempted murder on a spouse's obligation to make payments under a separation agreement.

      Thank you for your continued support as we at MCLE strive to bring you the latest solutions for your practice.


      John M. Lawlor, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

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    Massachusetts Probate and Family Court General Information and Filing Fees

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    Practice Guides

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    Selected Massachusetts Laws and Regulations

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    Selected Provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations

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    Other Federal Laws and Regulations

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    Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure

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    Court Rules and Guidelines

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    Child Support Guidelines

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    Case Digest

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    Family Case Law Digest 1975–2023

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  • Editors & Authors


    Phyllis E. Federico, Esq., Warner, Federico & Ryan LLP, Boston


    Pauline Quirion, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, CAMBRIDGE