Family Law Section Newsletter
Fall 2012

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Lee M. Peterson
Section Co-Chair
McCarter & Emglish, LLP

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

Wendy Hickey
Nissenbaum Law Offices

Rosanne Klovee
The Law Offices of Carney
& Bassil, P.C.

In This Issue...

The Impact of the New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code on our Family Law Practice.
By Bradford N. Vezina & Theresa B. Ramos

The New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (“MUPC”) has brought sweeping changes to those practicing within the probate courts. As courts and practitioners slowly become acclimated to the new law, it is important for family law practitioners to pause and consider the MUPC’s impact on the family law field and how family law practitioners should advise their clients moving forward. Below is a brief discussion of some code provisions most likely to impact family law attorneys as well as a summary chart...more

Should divorce lawyers ask clients about Sexting?
By Alan Pransky, Esq.

Sexting is a term used to describe “the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.” Wikipidea. According to a study from the University of Texas Medical Branch, over 30% of all people between ages 18 and 25 have exchanged naked pictures. Although this practice is not limited to young people, it is fair to assume that a significant number of young married couples have exchanged naked pictures. Some of these people are bound to get divorced. What will they do with these naked pictures of their spouse in the heat of a highly contested divorce battle?...more

Help Your Clients Avoid Easy Post Divorce Mistakes
By Wendy O. Hickey, Esq.

With another detailed separation agreement approved by the court, my satisfied client and I left the court house together last week agreeing to chat soon. As I walked away from her, I started drafting the post divorce housekeeping email I would send her in my mind - this time my email would be much easier as I was representing the spouse with relatively few assets in her own name who would be receiving a series of transfers from her ex-husband. Thinking about this got me wondering how many practitioners send their clients post-divorce to do letters or emails. If this is not something you regularly do, perhaps you should start....more

Pro-Bono Spotlight
By Brian McLaughlin, Jr., Esq.

Got the Monday or Tuesday blues? Come volunteer at places such as the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home with Shelter Legal Services, whose mission is to provide legal services to low-income veterans and the homeless. A few weeks ago, I volunteered at the legal clinic and had the privilege of meeting a former World War II veteran who served in the South Pacific. My role was minor, as the staff attorney explained each of the legal documents in question. During this process, the client would intermittently interject with stories of his life and family which will stay with me for a lifetime. He shared his delight at being selected for the military band thinking he would not see combat, but then laughed as he told us that they, "shipped us off to the front anyway." As I left the building, I couldn't help but think how times are different and how lucky I am to be a lawyer. I felt privileged to meet these remarkable folks and help them, if only for a short time. Click here to learn more.

Case Summaries

Decisions of the Massachusetts Appeals Court Pursuant to Rule 1:28
By Theresa Ramos, Patricia O’Connell, & Lisa Shapiro

Reported Case Summaries
By Theresa Ramos, Alexis Kaplan, Allison Silber and Mindy Markvan

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