New 2018 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Released

Simplified Worksheet and Fixing Bugs Highlight June 2018 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Update On June 15, 2018, new Massachusetts child support guidelines went into effect. Not quite so new child support guidelines were just released in the Fall of 2017, and the Massachusetts child support guidelines typically follow… Read More

New MA 2017 Child Support Guidelines

New child support guidelines go into effect in Massachusetts on September 15, 2017. The new guidelines make some important changes, including how medical and childcare expenses are considered, and provide additional clarity (maybe) regarding child support and paying for college tuition and expenses.  Also introduced in the 2017 guidelines… Read More

Mansfield MA Divorce Mediator

Next Phase Legal LLC is pleased to announce our additional meeting location in Mansfield, MA. Mansfield is located in Bristol County, and is bordered by Sharon, Foxborough, Easton, Norton, and Plainville. Our Mansfield location is located at 20 Cabot Boulevard, Suite 300, within the Cabot Business Park, and… Read More

McDonough Speaks at Mass Bar Conference

The Massachusetts Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section hosted their first Dispute Resolution Symposium at UMASS Boston on Friday, May 19, 2017. Titled Conflict Resolution: Advancements, Strategies, and Trends, the symposium featured keynote speaker NYPD detective, hostage negotiator, and crisis communication trainer Jeff Thompson, Ph.D. Attorney and Divorce Mediator Stephen… Read More

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Massachusetts

If you get divorced in Massachusetts, there are different types of divorces that are available to you, with each following a different path as it goes through the courts. Some are quicker, simpler, and less expensive than others. It depends on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested and… Read More

Conciliation: What is the Advantage?

The conciliation process can be an invaluable tool to reduce intractable conflict in cases where obstacles prevent out of court settlements and cost-effective resolutions. An experienced conciliator can serve as a conflict surgeon and help foster productive communications, curtail unreasonable behavior, and promote creative solutions—relieving the burden and costs… Read More

Is Adultery in Massachusetts Really a Crime?

In more than 20 US states, including Massachusetts, adultery is a crime. It may seem archaic, but these are still active laws on the books. In Massachusetts, adultery is considered a crime “against chastity, morality, decency, and good order.” The Massachusetts Adultery Law Under Massachusetts general laws Title I,… Read More