REPORT ON LDRC
So, we took off the first quarter of 2017 (the newsletter, not the practice) because among cases, holidays and family (all good) and that state of our country (not specifically good) we lacked sufficient bandwidth to get it done.
We closed our last newsletter with a wish:
Unfortunately, the summer of 2016 will always be blemished by our dreadful national election. The only good thing to say is that it is nearly over. No more doggerel from us. We just hope that our national (and the world’s) PTSD is not permanent.
It looks like we may not get our wish, but as the meme from The Shining (as appropriate to the time as Gaslight) goes: “we’re b-a-a-ck”, anyway.
Bill is at it again, trying to create and push a family law specific arbitration statute, something that we think is important, positive and should be welcomed. This new effort is supported by the fact that the Uniform Laws Conference (formerly NCCUSL) has endorsed this remedy with a Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act of its own, published in final form, last fall. He is working with AAML colleagues Jeff Soilson and Jon Fields in finalizing a Massachusetts-adapted version, before seeking bar support and ultimately, we hope, a legislative sponsor. We are encouraged by the fact that the new chair of the legislature’s joint House Committee on the Judiciary is, herself, a veteran mediator and arbitrator. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any suggestions directly to Bill.
Our guest writer today is David Goodman, a CPA and divorce specialist with Gosule, Butkus & Jesson, LLP, in Boston. David follows and has compiled a set of tax court cases that all center on failed alimony schemes. It is a quick and interesting read, full of red lights that should help us all identify areas of concern in negotiation, mediation and drafting of alimony deals.
The newsletter hiatus did not impact the LDRC Blog, and in recent months, we have addressed a broad variety of topics from alimony to parenting coordination and business valuation. In today’s newsletter, we focus on the recent Snow and Ludwig cases, the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court’s freshly minted parenting coordinator rule (eff. 7.1.17) and a couple of out-of-state valuation cases that we found particularly challenging.
As always, feel free to rummage around in the blog (we can’t believe it is more than 5 years old at this point); and grab the RSS feed if you have not already.
Enjoy the Spring. You’ve earned it.
Chouteau & Bill