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Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual

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9/30/2016
2252 pages in 3 volumes (printed book)
3rd Edition 2012, with 2014 & 2016 Supplements
© 2016 MCLE, Inc.
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Product Description

The revamped and expanded Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual folds in MCLE's popular Massachusetts Divorce Law Forms to create a three-volume powerhouse resource for family law practitioners. A three-volume powerhouse resource for family law practitioners, this practical and comprehensive reference takes you through each step of the divorce process, from tips for conducting your first client meeting to post-trial motions. Not only does it provide you with the essential advice you'll need to effectively represent a divorce client; it also covers important collateral issues such as domestic violence, bankruptcy, and estate planning. Each chapter includes sample court forms, motions, checklists, and reference documents.

Recent updates:

  • Update: September 2016

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your reference library with the 2016 supplement to the Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual. We hope this expansive manual continues to be your go-to daily reference resource.

    Highlights of the updates in this supplement include

    • updated ethics commentary reflecting recent changes to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct;
    • new practice tips and discussion of new cases throughout the book;
    • a new sample motion to appoint an ARC (attorneys representing children) attorney, see Chapter 5;
    • an extensively updated sample marital agreement, see Chapter 13;
    • revised materials on appealing from a final judgment, see the second half of Chapter 19; and
    • the latest guidance on same-sex marriage, divorce, and estate planning issues, see Chapter 27.

    We at MCLE trust that you will find these updated materials useful in your practice and in keeping your law library current. Thank you for your continued support.

    Cordially,

    Alexis J. LeBlanc, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

  • Update: May 2014

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your reference library with the 2014 supplement to the Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual. We hope this expansive manual continues to be your go-to daily reference resource.

    Highlights of the updates in this supplement include:

    • revised ethics commentary and discussion of important recent family law-related cases decided by the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court throughout the manual;
    • revisions reflecting the new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines which became effective in August 2013 (see Chapters 10, 13, and 20);
    • analysis of the Alimony Reform Act as it relates to modification (see Chapter 20);
    • extensive updates on the topic of contempt (see Chapter 21);
    • important tax law changes (see Chapter 22);
    • the latest on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health insurance issues for divorcing couples (see Chapter 24); and
    • the effect of United States v. Windsor on same-sex marriage, divorce, and estate planning issues (see Chapter 27).

    We at MCLE trust that you will find these updated materials useful in your law practice and in keeping your law library current. Thank you for your continued support.

    Cordially,

    Alexis J. LeBlanc, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

  • Update: January 2012

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your reference library with the 2012 edition of the Massachusetts Divorce Law Manual. This revamped and expanded publication folds in MCLE's popular Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Forms to create a three-volume powerhouse resource for family law practitioners.

    Each chapter is now followed by sample forms, checklists, and reference documents. All of these useful reference tools (plus more!) are included in electronic format on the manual's CD.

    Highlights of the substantive updates in the 2012 edition include:

    • an extensively revised discussion of collaborative law (see Chapter 4);
    • advice for practitioners regarding 201 C.M.R. § 17.00, Standards for Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth (see § 5.3.2 and § 6.4.3(b));
    • new and revised sample documents related to discovery (see Chapter 7);
    • a completely revamped chapter on alimony providing an analysis of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 (see Chapter 9);
    • analysis and explanation of the use of marital agreements in light of Ansin v. Craven-Ansin, 457 Mass. 283 (2010) (see Chapters 3, 23B, and 29); and
    • updated discussion of parentage and custody in the context of same-sex marriage and divorce (see § 27.2).

    We at MCLE trust that you will find this updated publication useful in your law practice and in keeping your law library current. Thank you for your continued support.

    Cordially,

    Alexis J. LeBlanc, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - The Probate and Family Court System (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 2 - The Initial Client Interview and Starting an Action for Divorce (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 3 - Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Alternatives (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 4 - Collaborative Family Law (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 5 - Motion Practice for Temporary Orders (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 6 - Financial Statements (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 7 - Discovery (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 8 - Division of Estate (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 9 - Alimony (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 10 - Child Support (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 11 - Issues Relating to Children (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 12 - Pretrial Hearings (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 13 - Separation Agreements (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 14 - Use of Experts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 15 - Valuation (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 16 - Retirement Assets (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 17 - Trial Practice Techniques (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 18 - Selected Evidentiary Issues (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 19 - Posttrial Motions and Appellate Procedure (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 20 - Modification (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 21 - Contempt (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 22 - Tax Considerations (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 23A - Premarital Agreements (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 23B - Marital Agreements (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 24 - Health Insurance (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 25 - Representing Victims of Domestic Violence (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 26 - Ethical Issues for Divorce and Family Lawyers (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 27 - Same-Sex Marriage, Divorce, and Estate Planning Issues (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 28 - Divorce and Bankruptcy (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 29 - Basic Estate Planning for Divorce Lawyers (Buy Chapter)
Appendix A - Standing Order 1-06: Case Management and Time Standards for Cases Filed in the Probate and Family Court Department (Buy Chapter)
Appendix B - Standing Order 2-08: Impoundment of Guardian Ad Litem Reports (Buy Chapter)
Appendix C - Standing Order 3-08: Impoundment of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Domestic Relations Orders and Orders Commonly Known as Mangiacotti Orders (Buy Chapter)
Appendix D - Standing Order 2-16: Parent Education Program Attendance (Buy Chapter)
Appendix E - Standards for Category E Guardians Ad Litem / Evaluators (Buy Chapter)
Appendix F - Standing Order 1-05: Standards for Category F Guardian Ad Litem Investigators (Buy Chapter)

Editor(s)

Peter F. Zupcofska, Esq., Fort Lauderdale

Ethical Commentator(s)

Christa A. Arcos, Esq., Arcos Law Office, Stoneham
Bryna S. Klevan, Esq., Klevan Law Office, PC, Newton Center

Author(s)

Martha R. Bagley, Esq., Weston Patrick, PA, Boston
Martha R. Bagley, Esq., Weston Patrick, PA, Boston
Lacey Brantley, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
Molly Wilson Chung, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
David W. Eppley, Esq., Law Offices of David W. Eppley, PC, Salem
Christine N. Fletcher, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
Claire Koehler Forkner, Esq., Lee & Rivers, LLP, Boston
Calvin J. Heinle, Esq., Gibbs & Heinle, Wellesley Hills
Christie G. Jacobi, Esq., Law Office of Andrew S. Guisbond, Wellesley Hills
Joyce Kauffman, Esq., Kauffman Law & Mediation, Roslindale
Sara E. Kitaeff, Esq., Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP, Boston
Donald L. Pitman, III, Esq., The Pitman Law Offices LLC, Newburyport
Donald L. Pitman, III, Esq., The Pitman Law Offices LLC, Newburyport
Pauline Quirion, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Rachael M. Soun, Esq., Atwood Cherny, PC, Boston
Lorraine Stark, Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
Carolyn C. Van Tine, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston

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