Find a Mediator

Find a Mediator

The Family Mediation Blog

The Alimony Reform Act: Lessons Learned in the Last Six Years

Friday, December 7, 2018
alimony letters sm.jpgThe Alimony Reform Act: Lessons Learned in the Last Six Years
 
 
The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 defined what alimony is and how it should work in much greater detail than the prior law.  The Alimony Reform Act, 2011 Mass. Acts ch. 124. However, it also left many questions unanswered. In the six years since the Act became effective, on March 1, 2012, the courts have slowly been further clarifying, and in some cases arguably undercutting, the Act.  In this article, we will summarize the provisions of the Act and note the court cases that...

This December Don’t Dread Divorces

Monday, November 12, 2018

This December Don’t Dread Divorces

by John Fiske

Thanks to the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, (“TCAJA”), divorce lawyers and mediators know that December will be a busy time and some of us may be working right up to the bell on Monday, December 31st.   Under the TCAJA the alimony exclusion has been repealed for all separation agreements executed after this December (technically you could say the alimony exclusion is suspended, because the TCAJA repeal expires on December 31, 2025).
 
We can only imagine the conversations we will be having in December with clients who call us looking for a divorce and learn they have less than a month to write a separation agreement if they want to preserve the ability...

Wanted: Diverse Divorce Practitioners. Why Diversity is Good for All of Us

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Wanted: Diverse Divorce Practitioners. Why Diversity is Good for All of Us

By Valerie Qian

Cultural competence and sensitivity to the needs of diverse clients are an essential part of being an effective and successful professional.

 

Photo Array of Diverse Professionals sm.jpg

 

My father-in-law recently underwent surgery to remove a kidney stone. It happened at a big hospital in New York City which, I understand, has an excellent urology department. As a first-generation immigrant from Shanghai, my father-in-law speaks limited English. After the surgery, while he was...

Links & Resources*

Mediate.com
*MCFM provides links and resources on other sites for informational purposes only. MCFM does not endorse nor claim endorsement from any of the above websites or organizations. MCFM is not responsible for any information contained therein, unless indicated specifically on that site.