Boston Bar Association
Family Law Section Newsletter
Spring 2014

In this issue...

It is not  unusual to find there is an agreement in force governing the business  relationship between an owner-spouse and the Company  for which he or she is employed. Depending on the type  of entity such an agreement can take the form of a shareholder agreement (if a corporation),  an operating agreement (if a limited liability company) or a partnership  agreement (if a partnership). There may  also be additional agreements executed between the owner and the Company  covering matters such as special voting rights regarding specific business  strategies to be enacted, compensation, distributions, benefits, hiring, and  other rights to direct the management and polices of the business enterprise.
Obtaining appropriate educational services for a child with special needs is a significant issue for myriad families in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, there are approximately 200,000 students currently eligible for special education. While the vast majority of these students receive special education services within public school settings, approximately 7,000 of these students receive their special education in private special education schools. Knowing the basic law about eligibility, the types of services available, and a student’s right to special education is essential for family law practitioners.
Suffolk County Holds its First Bench/Bar Meeting
By Jocelynne Welsh, Esq., and Elizabeth Cabral DiPippo
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Suffolk County held its very first Bench/Bar Meeting. The event was attended by approximately 50 people, including Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, Angela M. Ordoñez, judges, court staff and members of the bar.
On March 5, 2014 the US Supreme Court decided the case of Lozano v. Alvarez and, in so doing, may have just incentivized parents who kidnap their child from a foreign jurisdiction to the USA to keep the location of the child secret, at least for the first year after the kidnapping.
Pro-Bono Spotlight
Take on the challenge, become an ARC attorney
By Brian J. McLaughlin, Jr., Esq.
The ARC program is a program in the Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, Middlesex, and Essex probate court system where you have the opportunity to represent children through often difficult and complex family law litigation matters. Unlike other situations where the substituted judgment standard is applied, or you are acting in the child’s best interest, the goal of this program is to give the child a voice in the litigation process.
Case Summaries
Reported Case Summaries
By Melinda J. Markvan, Esq., Lauren Pond, Esq., and
Wendy O. Hickey, Esq.
Decisions of the MA Appeals Court Pursuant to Rule 1:28
By Brian J. McLaughlin, Jr., Esq., Jordana Kershner, Esq., Wendy O. Hickey, Esq., and Jessica D. Whittaker, Esq.

Family Law Section
Upcoming Programs

Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series: Motion Practice
June 9, 2014
5:30 PM

This program will provide background and examples of Practice Motions, and will discuss the mechanics of drafting, scheduling, and presenting Motions.

If you are interested in contributing to future issues of the Family Law Newsletter, please contact Wendy Hickey and Mindy Markvan.
2013-2014 Family Law Section Leadership

Jennifer Sevigney Durand
Section Co-Chair
Schmidt & Federico P.C.

Theresa Ramos
Section Co-Chair
Goldstein, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP

Wendy Hickey
Nissenbaum Law Offices

Mindy Markvan
Markvan Law LLC

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