Children with Special Needs in Family Law Cases

04/08/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
A broad discussion regarding the various issues concerning children with special needs in family law cases. Topics to be discussed include: child support and deviation, custody/parenting time, uninsured medical and educational expenses and financial planning....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series: The Initial Divorce Filing: Complaint v. Joint Petition

03/11/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
The Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series is a new program established by the Family Law section. This training series is designed to provide a new lawyer with an overview of the “life of a divorce case.” The training series will cover topics such as the divorce client interview; filing the divorce complaint; child support and alimony; custody and parenting plans; motion practice; separation agreements and post-judgment issues....
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Domestic Violence Issues in Family Law

03/03/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
In this program, you will hear practice tips from attorneys, about what is happening in the administrative offices of the Trial Court in the area of domestic violence, and learn how you can get involved in helping victims of domestic violence. Judge Maureen Monks will be on hand to provide a perspective from the bench on how domestic violence impacts custodial decisions and other aspects of divorce actions....
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Child Support Beyond High School and Age 18

02/11/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
An in-depth discussion about whether and when child support beyond high school and age 18 is appropriate, including discussion of a recent appellate case on post-emancipation child support....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series: The Divorce Client Interview

01/23/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The first program in the series will focus on the Divorce Client Initial Interview. Topics to be covered will include the following: How long should you meet? Should you charge? What topics should be covered in the initial meeting? How to explain the divorce process in Massachusetts? What information should be obtained about the potential case? How to make a good impression?...
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CLE - High Conflict Custody Cases

High conflict custody cases are among the most difficult for lawyers and the court system to handle. Hear tips from the bench on what to do and what not to do when representing a client in a high conflict custody case....
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Avoiding "A Failure to Communicate": Overcoming Language Barriers in the Probate and Family Court

01/14/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Our experienced panelists will address topics including obtaining interpreters for hearings, tips on working with interpreters and providing language access for limited English proficient litigants in Massachusetts generally....
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Where Will the Children be Spending the Holidays? How to Address Disputes Regarding the Holiday Parenting Plan

12/10/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
The holidays are coming. How do you deal with those last minute calls regarding where the children will be spending the holidays? Is there a way to avoid last minute trips to the courthouse? This seminar will address how to approach these potential pitfalls....
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Conciliation Training

12/06/2013 - 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
The Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association cordially invite family law practitioners with at least five (5) years of domestic relations experience to participate in a conciliation training at the Boston Bar Association Headquarters located at 16 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts on October 5, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. ...
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CLE - Prenuptial Agreements – Tips for Drafting, Negotiating and Litigating

Learning how to draft and negotiate a solid prenuptial agreement is a skill essential to every family law practitioner. Challenging or enforcing said agreement is another area of expertise it is important to develop. Come hear from the experts on prenuptial agreements. Our panel includes distinguished judges and lawyers with extensive experience in the areas of drafting, negotiating and litigating prenuptial agreements. ...
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Preparing and Reviewing Rule 401 Financial Statements

11/12/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
How to draft, read, and deconstruct Rule 401 Financial Statements. Our panel of seasoned family law attorneys will start with the basics of drafting a financial statement and discuss the pitfalls litigants fall into and areas ripe for cross­examination....
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A Candid Bench-Bar Conversation on Judicial Evaluations

11/04/2013 - 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey will discuss the issues concerning judicial evaluation and why it matters. Moderator Jack Cinquegrana,will encourage lawyers to ask questions of the panel and engage in a candid and constructive dialogue to identify ways to improve participation and boost the practical value of the evaluation system....
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A Reception To Congratulate Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez on her Appointment as Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court

10/28/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Please join the Mass LGBTQ Bar and the Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section in congratulating Chief Justice Ordoñez on her selection and thanking her for her continued exemplary service to the Probate and Family Court....
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Representing Clients Involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF)

10/08/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
A 51A has been filed against your client. What steps should you take in representing a client during an investigation? During an assessment? What should you do if a complaint is filed against your client in the juvenile court? How does DCF involvement affect a pending divorce case? This Brown Bag will address these any many other aspects of dealing with DCF....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Family Law and Domestic Relations

This session will cover issues specific to veterans and members of the military. Topics include the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; Jurisdictional issues in divorce and child support matters; Division of Military Retirement Pay; Understanding Military pay and allowances; Understanding the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (the agency that implements garnishments and collecting child support); Guardianships; and Abuse Prevention Orders....
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Recent Changes in the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

09/10/2013 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
The Trial Court recently released revised Child Support Guidelines, effective August 1, 2013. Join us on September 10th for a program where you will learn all you need to know about the changes and how they will affect families seeking or receiving support....
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A Reception to Honor Chief Justice Paula Carey

06/19/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
On Monday, May 20, 2013, Paula M. Carey, currently the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as the new Chief Justice of the Trial Court, effective July 16, 2013. Chief Justice Carey has provided the Probate and Family Court with seven years of exemplary leadership. Her tenure as chief has seen the implementation of important reforms especially in a time of sparse resources. Please join us in congratulating her on her selection and thanking her for her many years of service to the Probate and Family Court....
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CLE - Drafting Separation Agreements Reached Via Mediation

Mediation is gaining traction as the preferred way for divorcing couples to resolve their issues. With rising legal costs and busy court dockets, mediation is often a less expensive and more efficient alternative for clients seeking a divorce. It is increasingly common that divorcing couples utilize the services of a mediator at some juncture on their path to divorce. Mediators who help memorialize clients' agreements in writing and attorneys who use these written agreements to craft separation agreements will benefit from this program ...
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What Can I Do to Help? Volunteer Opportunities in the Probate and Family Court

06/11/2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Have you taken advantage of the myriad of programs offered at each Probate and Family Court to ease the workload of the courts and assist in the settlement of cases? Have considered volunteering your time to "pay it forward"? Come listen to our speakers talk about the various opportunities and training available to attorneys who want to give back to the courts....
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Giving Back and Paying Forward: A Public Service Panel and Reception

05/28/2013 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Please join us for a roundtable discussion featuring three esteemed members of the Boston legal community. Maureen Monks, Associate Justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Manisha Bhatt, Senior Attorney in the Family Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and Susan M. Finegan, Pro Bono Partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. will each discuss how their commitment to pro bono and public service work has shaped their careers, as well as the many ways in which all of us can incorporate giving back into our personal and professional lives....
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Use of Mental Health Consultants in Custody Cases: A Balancing Act

05/14/2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
The panel will be discussing the ways attorneys utilize mental health professionals - from peer review of GAL reports, to trial preparation, to testimony for one side or educational expert, to working with the client in some manner, etc. The panel will discuss the ethical and legal boundaries of these roles, the gray areas between boundaries, and some of the clinical implications for mental health forensic practice and what is reasonable to ask of a MH professional....
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Conciliation Training

04/26/2013 - 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association invite family law practitioners with at least five (5) years of domestic relations experience to participate in conciliation training at the Massachusetts Bar Association offices, 20 West Street, Boston, Massachusetts on April 26, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m....
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