• A judge sits at the bench as a Mother and Father going through a painful divorce argue through their lawyers about the latest crisis. Mother claims Father has refused to pay for the children’s extracurricular activities; Father claims that he does not have the money. The judge is about ready to rule in Mother’s favor […]

  • You are a parent, walking along a relatively empty sidewalk, your 7 year-old child holding your hand. Fifty feet behind you is Walter, a 44 year old ex-convict with a criminal record that includes theft, assault, petty larceny and check fraud. He has never married, but he has a child who he has not seen […]

  • It was eight years ago that same-sex marriages became legally recognized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the landmark case of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.  At that time Massachusetts became the only state in the nation to legally recognize gay and lesbian marriages.   Even before the Commonwealth began honoring same-sex marriages, doom […]

  • “If I get divorced, the least of my problems will be what happens to my car.”   “My husband and I are made for each other; there is no way we would ever get divorced.”   “We are about to start off on a new relationship and I think it sets a bad tone to […]

  • Over the last twenty years (or so) there has been an abundance of men (and some women) who claim they can speak to the dead (As Michael Shermer puts it, “Talking to the dead is easy; the real trick is getting them to talk back.”).  Maybe the most well-known of these “mediums” is James van […]

  • You are walking down the street and you run into a friend.  Although you went to his/her wedding, over the years you lost touch.  You talk for a while and exchange pleasantries. You ask how the family is when the friend responds, “Well, I just got divorced.” What do you say in response?  Most people […]

  • Imagine, if you could, a mother of two children, say ages 7 and 4.  Let’s say this mother- let’s call her Beth – has just today served her estranged husband – call him Jim –with divorce papers.  It’s been a long time coming.  Jim moved out the previous year due to his drinking and abusive […]

  • It is not very often that a lawyer realizes significant change in their field of expertise.  Criminal Attorneys will not wake up one day and read that arson is no longer a crime; estate planning attorneys will never have to worry about Wills no longer being allowed in the Courts; and its unlikely that collection […]