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Massachusetts Probate & Family Court Suspends Requirement for Parenting Education Classes

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Massachusetts Probate & Family Court Suspends Requirement for Parenting Education Classes

by Stephen McDonough

On July 8, 2021 Chief Justice John Casey of the MA Probate and Family Courts announced a suspension to the requirement for divorcing parents to complete the mandatory parent education program specified in the court’s Standing Order 2-16, Parent Education Program Attendance, issued in 2016. 

The announcement surprised many MA divorce lawyers and mediators. Besides our weekly reminders to some clients to finish the program prior to their case concluding, feedback about the program from our clients – which went remote like most everything else during the coronavirus pandemic – was mostly...

Commit to Being a Peacemaker - A Message From Howie Goldstein

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dear Members of the mediation/collaborative community:

As many of you know, I am in the end stages of what has been a fairly lengthy experience with Prostate Cancer. I had originally considered describing it as a battle, but that terminology is certainly not appropriate in this community and frankly I cringe when I hear that said about anyone who dies of Cancer. Because the implication is that if you succumb to that disease, you are a loser who did not have sufficient strength or toughness to prevail. Now where have we all encountered that kind of language in our professional lives?

We all will die. I am very sad that I will not live longer —-My family is so precious to me and every day with them is a gift. Also, after many years of ambivalence about whether to forsake litigation I finally walked...

3 Credits in the “American Rescue Plan” Mediators Must Know About

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

3 Credits in the “American Rescue Plan” Mediators Must Know About

by J. Anthony Licciardello

Congress has recently passed the “American Rescue Plan” (aka the “stimulus bill”), which has provisions that can significantly increase the benefit of child-related deductions and credits.
 
The law makes changes to the Child Tax Credit, Child Care Credit, and Earned Income Credit that enhance their value to the person receiving them, especially for the 2021 tax year. 
 
I thank the folks at Family Law Software for getting these details laid out in a recent newsletter. Their divorce financial planning software is exceptional and has a robust tax module we use to help our...

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