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Appointed vs Elected Judges

One of the longest-simmering debates in Massachusetts is over whether judges should be appointed or elected. It’s a debate that comes up frequently, particularly when a judge renders a controversial decision or when an ex-felon reoffends and winds up in the news. 

While these situations can certainly be frustrating and sometimes downright unacceptable, count me in the camp of those who believe judges should be appointed. And here’s why: elections inevitably come down to money. And then popularity.

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Lawrence F. Army, Jr.
Why You Should Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

Though prenuptial agreements can be mistakenly viewed as a sign of distrust, they are an important tool in building a solid foundation for your marriage. The conversation may be uncomfortable at first, but having a trustworthy legal team guide you through the process can make it a positive experience that brings you and your future spouse closer. Any couple with personal or business assets prior to marriage can benefit from a prenup. 

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Alert: Double Check Your Child Support Numbers – New Guidelines, Calculator Inaccurate

Calculating child support is complicated and stressful and the state’s new guidelines aren’t making things any easier. The new guidelines have made some improvements and clarified some ambiguities. We were one of the first to report on the complexities of the new guidelines and have now identified some errors in making calculations. 

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Parental Alienation Becoming More Prevalent in Contentious Divorces: Three Potential Warning Signs That You Are a Victim

Parental alienation is a serious issue arising more and more in contentious divorces that can have profound effects on your child’s wellbeing. Though it is not yet officially accepted by the courts as a syndrome, we deeply understand its severity and long-term impact on families.

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New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Take Effect Sept. 15, 2017

If you are paying or receiving child support, contact our team of family law attorneys today.

The new Massachusetts guidelines take effect September 15, and could save payees thousands per year and significantly impact payments for recipients. The Law Offices of Army & Roche will do a full audit to make sure you will be paying or receiving the correct amount under these complex new rules.

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Equality in LGBTQ Divorce and Child Custody Cases

I recently handled a troubling case for a client, a middle-aged man who revealed he was gay and decided to leave his wife for his boyfriend, a man in his mid-20s.

The husband is a responsible, caring dad, but his ex-wife, angry and hurt by his revelation, sought to exploit the situation and use his homosexuality as a weapon in a bitter custody battle. She sought to argue that he should not be able to have contact with their children.

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High-Profile Divorce Cases Have Added Financial Complexity

When celebrities divorce, it’s always big news and fodder for the gossip columns. But behind the salacious headlines and titillating details, there are major family issues.

I’ve represented pro athletes, rock stars and other high profile clients over my career and these cases pose many, many challenges. Athletes, musicians, entertainers and others not only earn income through their salaries, but they also have myriad other revenue streams that need to be protected.

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Preventing International Child Custody Order Issues

Under the historic Hague Convention treaty, member nations are obligated to honor child custody orders from other countries that are part of the agreement. But what happens when one nation refuses to honor or enforce these orders?

We recently discovered through a highly contentious divorce case we are working on that it’s something that’s happening more frequently, especially in Japan, which was part of the treaty.

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10 Financial Tips to Facilitate Massachusetts Divorce

One of the first considerations of many couples who decide to divorce is how their finances will be affected. This is worth looking at because of the complexities of asset division, alimony or spousal support, child support and other fees that may need to be taken into account. While every Massachusetts divorce is different, many couples seeking divorce may benefit from these 10 tips about the financial aspects of divorce.

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Divorce May be Simplified with Postnuptial Agreement

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a new trend is rising in divorce planning: postnuptial agreements. Like a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement outlines who gets what in the event of a future divorce. The primary difference is that, as the name suggests, the contract is signed after the I-do. Couples may find this a healthy alternative to the disputes that can erupt during divorce.

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What Couples Should Consider Financially Post-divorce

When the subject of finances and divorce are broached together, many immediately think in terms of how much the divorce is going to cost. However, some suggest that Worcester couples considering the eventuality of divorce would be equally wise to consider how the process may affect their finances long-term. When one or both spouses realize that divorce is imminent, each one should begin to consider how their finances will be impacted and what they can do to maintain financial security.

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