Barbara J. Katzenberg, Attorney at Law

June 2012 Archives

Property division complicated when business goes under

When a married couple is seeking to divorce, one of the major decisions to be made is how to split the property. In Massachusetts, like in most other states, the assets and debts accumulated during the married years are generally divided in an equitable fashion. Equitable is not the same as equal. For example, one person might get the house and its estimated equity, and the other person could get an equal value in other assets.

Post-divorce child custody dispute lands Cape couple in court

The courts in Massachusetts maintain that they make child custody determinations in the best interest of the child or children. A recent case has put that assertion into the spotlight.

Who gets custody of the family business?

Is there anyone in Massachusetts who enters into a marriage thinking he or she will end up divorced? We can safely say the answer is -- not many. And is there anyone who starts a business with their spouse who drafts an exit strategy along with the incorporation papers? The answer to that too is -- not many.

Divorce Hotel: fact or fiction?

Imagine that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse check in on Friday to a high-end resort hotel in Boston, spend the weekend (not in the same room) and with the help of a mediator and a lawyer, leave on Sunday with your divorce papers in hand. For this, you are charged a flat fee and only need to show your documentation to a judge for your divorce to be finalized. Fact or fiction?

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