MBA Family Law Conference

Posted by Stephen F. McDonough | Oct 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Medfield divorce lawyer and mediator Stephen McDonough attended the Massachusetts Bar Association's 24th Annual Family Law Conference October 17-18, 2014.  The conference was held at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.   Topics discussed included advanced issues such as:

  • MA Child Support
  • Massachusetts Alimony, including a review of recent appellate alimony cases
  • Covering college expenses, and the interaction between child support and college costs
  • Cases involving the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Parenting and custody matters when a parent or parents have problems with drugs or alcohol

Many of the presenters at the conference are Probate and Family Court judges from across Massachusetts.  Some of the presentations included hypothetical situations followed by a panel of judges sharing their thoughts on the different issues presented.

Judge Angela Ordonez, former First Justice of the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court, and now the Chief Justice for all of the commonwealth's probate and family courts, delivered her State of the Court address to the attendees on Saturday morning.

Stephen McDonough is a Massachusetts divorce lawyer and divorce mediator, serving Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Bristol County, Middlesex County, Worcester County, Essex County, Barnstable County, and Suffolk County.  He is the Owner of Next Phase Legal LLC, a Medfield, MA law firm.    Stephen is also a collaborative divorce lawyer.

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The 2014 MA Bar Association Family Law Conference was held at the Chatham Bars Inn, October 17-18. Photo by Attorney & Mediator Stephen McDonough.

About the Author

Stephen F. McDonough

Stephen works closely with clients facing divorce or other family conflict. He is a certified mediator through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, a designation that only about 11% of mediators have obtained. In addition to providing mediation services, Stephen regularly appears in...


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