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.Read More
The Seth Rogen film, “Knocked Up,” is pretty hilarious but what’s often not funny is the fallout from an accidental pregnancy.
There are so many issues to consider for both men and women.Read More
Questions from this week’s #AskAnAttorney on WAAF’s “Hillman Morning Show”: “My ex-wife is getting remarried and her soon-to-be husband makes a really good living, which has promoted my ex to stop working. We have two kids together. How will this affect my child support payments?”Read More
For the past few months, I’ve been taking calls and answering legal questions from listeners on my friend Greg Hill’s “Hillman Morning Show” on WAAF 107.3 FM in Boston. Our “Ask an Attorney” segment has become very popular as I’ve been fielding all sorts of questions on a variety of legal topics.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Has your child become more distant in your absence during your divorce? If you’ve previously had a close relationship, then you might be the target of parental alienation.
Many of our clients aren’t familiar with the concept and how it differs from estrangement– but there is a major difference.Read More
In divorces, the equitable division of marital assets is crucial. But what happens when one parent decides to play a fiscal shell game to unfairly hide assets from the other?
Well, for us here at Army & Roche, it means we deploy our team of forensic accountants and real estate experts and use the courts to protect our clients’ interests.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With our Boston office now open at One Beacon St., we look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that clients have come to expect from Army & Roche LLC.
It’s fitting that just as we mark this new milestone for our firm, we have once again been bestowed a great honor recognizing our hard work for families across the Commonwealth.Read More
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.Read More
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.
When couples decide that divorce is the right choice for them, they then begin a process of determining the best course of action. The first thing that most couples do is secure legal representation. A recent phenomenon, the divorce coach, has begun to take more prominence in divorce cases.
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.
Last week, the Massachusetts Appeals Court set a precedent for child custody issues for same-sex couples in the state. The court rules that although some statutes include gender specific language, the laws can still be applied to same-sex couples.Read More