Divorce & Family Law Blog

About Those Lawyer Ratings…

I do it, and it’s likely you do, too. You want to try a new restaurant, or you plan to see a particular movie, or you need a new dentist. What’s the first thing we do? We take a look at the online reviews, of course. But are they reliable? According to this N.Y. Times […]

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The Cost of Divorce: Fixed Fee or Hourly Billing?

Most divorce lawyers bill by the hour, and hourly rates can vary greatly from lawyer to lawyer. Around here, the rate can be anywhere from $175 to $350+ per hour. Very few divorce attorneys will set a fixed fee. They’ll tell you that so many factors are unpredictable that it’s impossible to set a fixed […]

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Do I have the right to date while I’m getting divorced?

I’m often asked if it’s all right to date before a divorce is completed. I always give the same answer. You absolutely have a right to date while you’re getting divorced. It’s also clear that you’re a fool if you do. Why do I say this? Even with the most amicable divorce, feelings are strained. […]

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The Myth of “Divorce Wars”

Most people want their Massachusetts divorce to be completed quickly and efficiently.  In fact, no one—at least no one who’s sane—has ever asked me if I could prolong a divorce just for the fun of it. So if everyone wants their divorce completed quickly, why do some divorces seem to take so long? One reason […]

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Will the Lawyer Take Me as a Client?

So you’re sizing up a lawyer to assist you with your divorce. It’s your first meeting. You’ve asked about experience. You’ve taken stock of temperament. You like her approach to your problem—or you don’t. Do you wonder what the lawyer thinks of you? Maybe not, but maybe you should. Some lawyers practice “threshold law.” They […]

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