Vaughn-Martel Law’s Jessica M. Walsh Participates in Suffolk County Family Law Workshop

Attorney Jessica M. Walsh recently participated in a pilot program aimed at providing free legal advice to parents dealing with family law matters of any kind, regardless of whether they have actually filed a court case.  The Family Court Workshop is a joint initiative between the Honorable Judge Ordonez, Chief Justice of the Probate and … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law’s Jessica M. Walsh Participates in Suffolk County Family Law Workshop

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New Rules Will Simplify Certain Uncontested Family Court Matters

This summer, the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court announced changes to Rule 412 of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court.  These changes went into effect on August 1, 2013.  The changes to Rule 412 allow parties to jointly request modification of a judgment or order of the Probate and Family Court where: … Continue reading New Rules Will Simplify Certain Uncontested Family Court Matters

Federal Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program: What You Need to Know!

WHAT IS THE CHILDREN'S PASSPORT ISSUANCE ALERT PROGRAM, OR "PASSPORT LOOKOUT SYSTEM"? The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program ("CPIAP") is administered by the State Department and allows parents to register their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Department’s Passport Lookout System.  If a passport application is submitted for a child who … Continue reading Federal Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program: What You Need to Know!

Should Smoking Be A Factor In Determining Child Custody?

Smoking often makes headlines for its negative impact on health, but there is a growing trend whereby probate and family court judges are considering a parent’s smoking habit when making child custody arrangements. When any married or non-married couple with children separates, the probate and family court has jurisdiction to determine which parent will have … Continue reading Should Smoking Be A Factor In Determining Child Custody?