Nancy Van Tine uses the Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor to provide information and updates on divorce law and domestics relations issues in the state of Massachusetts.
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Hi there, The last couple of times that I have been asked to be interviewed on television and on the Internet, the interviewer has been interested in stories of cheating spouses. The recent interview on the Internet was about how Facebook relationships have affected...
Hi there! Earlier this week I had the opportunity to discuss the subject of "Facebook and divorce" with Colin O'Keefe of LXBN TV. In our interview, I explain how frequently Facebook plays a role in divorces, how it's used in divorce proceedings and how couples can maintain a healthy...
Hi there, If you are just starting the divorce process, or you have been divorced for years, March 1, 2012 is an important date. On that day the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act goes into effect. While we don’t know how time or how judges' interpretations of the law will...
Hi there, I'm on vacation, and since I can't stand to not work (I know, I know) I have been trying to improve my Twitter skills. I just started on Twitter in December and am thrilled at the amount of information at my fingertips. I probably "retweet" four or five excellent...
Hi there, The federal 9th circuit, which admittedly is one of the most liberal courts in the country, has just ruled California's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. I think this pretty much gurantees a Supreme Court hearing. In any case, it's good news! Best, Nancy
Hi there, A really shocking guardianship case was overturned by the Appeals Court last week. This kind of sad family problem can come up in divorce cases more frequently than in the general population because parents with disabled children are statistically more likely to...
Hi there, I should have put up a post on Martin Luther King Day, but I didn't. Then this morning Tax Girl had a truly wonderful post about being a lawyer, and Dr. King. I am simply linking to this because it epitomizes for me (and I am sure for many of us) what being a lawyer...
Hi there, Today the Massachusetts Appeals Court (the second highest court in the state) overturned a divorce judgment in the Caveney case dealing with valuation of interests in closely held businesses. In the process they clarified the standard to be used for divorce purposes in...
Hi there, I have been struggling to learn how to tweet (I can't tell you how I shudder to use that word; my English teacher mother is rolling in her grave). Despite my whining I am truly addicted to how much information you can get on Twitter, and keep getting on an ongoing...
Hi there, Divorce is even tougher if you have special needs children. They need more stability and the divorce agreement should reflect their needs. My very skilled colleague, Elizabeth Crowley, has written a great post on special needs trusts, which are as necessary in a divorced...