Massachusetts Court Required Parenting Education Program in Divorce and other Family Law Actions

Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-16, which can be found at https://www.mass.gov/doc/probate-and-family-court-standing-order-2-16-parent-education-program-attendance/download, requires all parties to a divorce action, and at the Court’s discretion parties in other types of actions such as paternity or contempt, to participate in a Parent Education Program.  The program is only required if the parties have minor children under 18.

The purpose of the program is to give parties with children some tools to help them work together for the best interest of their children post-divorce.  This includes information that will help the parties with co-parenting after divorce, such as giving them some information about child development issues to help children cope with divorce and providing tools that may help the parties have more effective c-parenting communications and therefore less conflict. Continue reading “Massachusetts Court Required Parenting Education Program in Divorce and other Family Law Actions”

Andrea Wells Leads Adoption Practice

Attorney Andrea M. Wells has created a niche Adoption Practice within the Levitt Law Group’s family law practice areas. In November, Attorney Wells presented an educational and informative program about Adoption to professionals at the USA 500 Family Law Roundtable in Woburn.

Attorney Wells focused her presentation on Domestic Adoption and in particular adoption in Massachusetts. She discussed the process of adoption, including private agency adoption and adoption from the foster care system. Andrea also provided information about legal risk, step-parent adoptions, same-sex adoption, and post-adoption contracts. Continue reading “Andrea Wells Leads Adoption Practice”