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The MBA’s Family Law Section is designed to improve the Probate and Family Court’s accessibility and efficiency for the benefit of lawyers, judges, staff and the public by keeping its members current with educational seminars, updates on legislative activity and bench/bar networking opportunities.


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  1. Family Law Section Council Meeting

    Apr 29, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
    Springfield, MA


  1. Digital Forensics For Litigators

    Apr 22, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Boston, MA
  2. 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference

    Apr 24, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Boston, MA
  3. Central MA Health Care Conference

    Apr 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Worcester, MA
  4. Mock Trial: Current Issues under Padilla v. Kentucky

    May 5, 10:46 AM - 10:46 AM
    Boston, MA
  5. The Ethical Rules for the Family Law Attorney: Where is the line between zealous and over-zealous (u

    May 5, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Plymouth, MA


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    SJC issues decision on new alimony law!

    Family Law (FL)

    The moment that we have all been waiting for. . . .an opportunity to see how the appellate court will interpret the new alimony legislation is finally here. In its decision released today, HOLMES v. HOLMES, the SJC held that "temporary alimony is separate and distinct from general term alimony, and that the duration of temporary alimony is not included in calculating the maximum presumptive duration of general term alimony." Factors that the court noted were of import were the wife's health... MORE

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    MA Child Support Calculator App (for Android OS): Updated for the New Guidelines Effective August 1, 2013

    Family Law (FL)

    I have released Version 2.0 of my free to download Massachusetts Child Support Calculator app (for Android OS). Version 2.0 is an update that accounts for the major changes to the Child Support Guidelines that became effective here in Massachusetts on August 1, 2013. The following are some changes you can expect to see: Accurately calculates child support figures in accordance with the New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines effective August 1, 2013; Improved aesthetics... MORE

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    MBA Annual Dinner May 9, 2013

    Family Law (FL)

    Tables and individual seats for the Massachusetts Bar Association's Annual Dinner on May 9th are going quickly-- as in nearly sold out! Don't miss Keynote Speaker Governor Deval Patrick, Legislator of the Year Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill) and the Access to Justice Winners. MORE

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    Divorce Arbitration: Nine Reasons For a Family Law Arbitration Statute in Massachusetts

    Family Law (FL)

    Divorce Arbitration: Nine Reasons For a Family Law Arbitration Statute in Massachusetts Wednesday, March 06, 2013 As discussed in earlier entries, we are advocate for the adoption of a comprehensive family law arbitration act, based on a model created by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and customized locally by the AAML Massachusetts Chapter. Here are nine reasons that we believe would make such a new law beneficial. ... MORE

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    Divorce Mediation: What's A Lawyer to Do? Part 3

    Family Law (FL)

    DIVORCE MEDIATION: WHAT’S A LAWYER TO DO? Part 3 (Lawyer-Attended Mediation) Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Lawyers who are representing clients in divorce mediation , sometimes for the first time, ask divorce mediators : what are we supposed to do? We introduced this subject in our last two entries, including specific attention to lawyer-assisted mediations (where one or both parties have consulting counsel who do not attend mediation sessions) in Part 2. Here, we discuss... MORE

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Michael I. Flores (left), chair
Jennifer R. Clapp (right), vice chair

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My Go-To Resource for All Things Family Law: Massachusetts Practice Family Law and Practice with Forms

There is only one resource I keep at arm’s length, each and every day, in my family law practice. I am both excited and honored to announce that the West Publishing Company has just released the newest edition of my go-to resource for all things family law -- the four-volume Massachusetts Practice Series, Family Law and Practice books, by Charles P. Kindgregan Jr., Maureen McBrien, Esq. and Patricia A. Kindgregan, Esq.

The new edition continues its legacy as the best guide to family law practice in Massachusetts. As a young attorney, I have ample reason to seek guidance from this exemplary resource. No matter the topic, I am never left desiring more from this series.

The fourth edition provides updates in every section and includes new chapters that explore forward-looking topics, such as electronic discovery, electronic evidence, alternative dispute resolution, social media, health insurance, parenting coordinators and the new alimony laws.

The fourth edition also continues to provide a well-organized, user-friendly experience. The books, and the accompanying CD-ROM, provide essential forms for practice in Massachusetts.

I have no doubt my go-to resource for all things family law can provide judges and lawyers, with any level of experience, with a reliable source of information pertaining to family law. The time needed to research an issue is dramatically decreased with these books, and there is no need to question of the books’ reliability.

Suffice to say, I cannot recommend these books enough.

by Christina M. Knopf, Esq., Michael I. Flores LLC, Orleans


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