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  • Meet Morgan Morgan joined our team in May as our legal intern. She will working closely with all attorneys drafting pleadings, correspondence, etc. She will also be joining the attorneys in court. She is a graduate of University of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing her JD at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, NH. Background Morgan has a lot of Media and Marketing experience, which allows her to bring

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  • Separated Under the Same Roof

    by Julia Chun Sometimes, a speedy trial in divorce does not allow for a speedy change in your living arrangement. Whether you decide that living together is the best option for your children or there are financial restraints, there are formal procedures for cohabitation. To adjust to the formal separation, boundaries should be established in terms of household responsibilities, rules regarding conduct, and communication. Legally, divorced couples are allowed to remain under the same roof

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  • Financial Infidelity and Its Ramifications

    by Julia Chun It is debated whether physical cheating or emotional cheating has worse implications on a relationship. But rarely is financial cheating discussed in popular media. Financial infidelity is when an individual hides information regarding their financial decisions and issues from their partner. According to a recent study conducted by the US News and World Report one third of couples experience financial infidelity in the US and a 2018 study conducted at the University

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  • Texas State-Wide Injunction Protecting Parents

    by Julia Chun A new development on the investigation of a transgender teenager’s parents provides protections for all parents of transgender children throughout the state. Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued a temporary restraining order to protect the Jane Doe and John Doe parents from potential job risk and further investigations. While the previous ruling on March 2nd protected the parents from being investigated, Judge Meachum also issued a statewide temporary injunction Judge Meachum’s order states

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  • Tribal Child Custody Rights

    by Julia Chun The supreme court will consider the constitutionality of an Act which gives tribes priority in determining the outcome of adoption proceedings. This act also known as the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 ensures safeguards for tribes making it challenging to remove Native American children from their parents. This Act was enacted to protect the children from institutional violence and removal. Family law decisions regarding child custody are primarily based on the

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  • Parents of Transgender Teen win TRO that blocks Texas from Investigating Them

    By Julia Chun On March 2nd, 2022, a judge in Travis County, Texas blocked the state Federal and Protective Services from investigating the parents of a transgender teenager receiving gender-confirming treatments. The department sought to investigate the parents on the grounds of labeling these treatments as child abuse. The American Civil Liberties Union vehemently fought attorney general Ken Paxton’s opinion, stating that the ruling would result in “irreparable harm” to the family and all others.

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  • Cryptocurrency, Digital Assets, and Divorce

    By Julia Chun Cryptocurrency, Digital Assets, and Divorce When separating, two parties will traditionally split assets, including investments. While investments in real estate or traditional stocks are substantively traceable, cryptocurrency is a whole new ball game. Divorce lawyers report that spouses often withhold the accurate amount of their holdings; other times they may transfer the funds to online wallets. While funds traded on apps such as Coinbase and Robinhood can be investigated and ordered by

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  • February Newsletter
  • Fact vs. Fiction

    Divorce is often portrayed in media and film as a lengthy battle full of stress and pain. In most movies and stories depicting divorce, the marital home becomes a battleground, words strategically become weapons, and a spouse suddenly becomes an enemy. If you have seen films like War of the Roses, or Kramer v. Kramer, you have witnessed the most extreme exaggeration of emotional and financial upheaval possible. While many families may go through moments

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  • Updated Child Support Guidelines

    by Daniel Griffith On October 4, 2021, Massachusetts released the new 2021 Child Support Guidelines.  There have been several significant changes to the Guidelines which could result in higher child support orders in many cases compared to what would have been ordered under the 2018 Child Support Guidelines.  For example, cases involving multiple children will likely see increased child support orders.  Since 2013, Massachusetts had been criticized for unusually low child support orders for parents

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  • Traditional Divorce, or Mediation? What is best for you?

    by Matthew Graner Starting the process of separating from a partner can feel overwhelmingly full of new emotions and stresses, as well as a lot of curiosities as to what your options are. One of our missions here at Ryder & Phelps is to ensure that you are aware of and understand the different options that you have, in hopes to ease some of those emotions and stresses. You might be familiar with the term

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  • What to expect when you’re expecting: How Child Custody is Determined in Massachusetts

    by Nicole Cochis There is no one-size-fits-all equation for child custody in Massachusetts. Every family’s situation is unique and the courts will look at many different factors to determine what type of custody arrangement will work best. Here at Ryder and Phelps, we will work to help you achieve the child custody arrangement that works best for you and your family. We understand how important child custody is to you and we are here to

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  • Spousal Support

    by Jordan Phelps and Leah Paolini In 2011 the legislature overhauled the states then antiquated alimony laws by passing “An Act reforming alimony in the Commonwealth”.  Alimony is defined by statute as the payment of support from a spouse, who has the ability to pay, to a spouse in need of support for a reasonable length of time, under a court order. The new statute (M.G.L. c. 209 S 34) and the provisions included therein

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  • Housing Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors and Landlords during Covid-19

    by Julia Chun In the face of covid-19, domestic violence has been on the rise. Protections for victims of domestic violence and the rights of landlords involved are more pertinent than ever. In 2013 Governor Deval Patrick signed into law S. 2402, “An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault, and Stalking.” The bill extended lease rights to domestic violence victims by allowing them to break their lease, change

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