What are the benefits of choosing mediation over litigation in a divorce?

When most of us think of divorce, we think of custody battles, endless legal filings, and costly court proceedings. The whole process of divorce can seem more daunting, and perhaps even more painful, than the emotional aspects of a marriage’s dissolution. But what if there was another way? Another, more humane, more gentle, less expensive…

What is a ‘gray divorce’ and how is it different from the typical divorce?

A ‘gray divorce’ refers to a split that happens between an older husband and wife, often after many years of marriage. The ‘gray’ in ‘gray divorce’ refers to the color of the divorcing couple’s hair. With more and more couples over fifty, or even over sixty-five, choosing to part ways, the phenomenon has also earned…

Is it true that courts favor mothers in custody decisions?

While it remains a common belief that courts favor, or are even biased for, mothers in custody disputes, this is not the case. The belief stems from past practices and trends in court. When divorce became more common in the 1970s, society, including the judges within it, assumed a gendered division of labor within households.…

My fiancé and I are not particularly wealthy, but we are established professionals. Would we benefit from a prenup?

You and your fiancé would be wise to consider a prenuptial agreement, or “prenup” as it has come to be known. In fact, most, if not all, couples would benefit from a prenuptial agreement. Objections to getting a prenuptial agreement usually come in one of two categories. The first kind asserts that there is no…

How can I reconcile with my wife if there’s a restraining no contact order?

Posted by Michael Franklin Additional Information: My wife and I live in Greater Worcester area and I’ve recently been served a restraining order which does not permit me to have any contact with her.  Is it a violation of the order to discuss matters with the protected party if others are present, like attorneys?  Or…

If the battery charge is dismissed will the resisting arrest charge automatically be dismissed, too?

Additional Information: I was arrested for hitting someone and also charged with resisting arrest by Shrewsbury PD.  If I hire an attorney and he gets the battery charge dismissed will the resisting arrest charge automatically be dismissed, too?  If the charge sticks, what’s the worst that can happen?  Thank you. ATTORNEY ANSWER: No, because the…

Will the prior New Jersey conviction count as a prior offense now that I’ve been charged in MA?

Additional Information: Seven years ago, while I was living in NJ, I was convicted of possession of a controlled substance. I’m in grad school now in Worcester, Massachusetts and was arrested on similar charges. I did some research and found that the possession law in Massachusetts has stiffer penalties for those convicted of a second…