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Divorce & Family Law: April 2015 Archives

Determining the Value of Real Property in Divorces

In divorces, determining the value of real property (the marital home, for example) may become a key issue.  While a seemingly simple concept, the term "value" may have several different meanings depending upon the context in which its used in litigation, and understanding the various methods of determining the "value" of real property is crucial.

Using a QDRO to Collect Attorney's Fees

In Silverman v. Spiro, 438 Mass. 725 (2003), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a judge can enter a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) requiring a party in a domestic relations dispute to pay the other party's attorney's fees and costs (attorney's fees) out of his or her retirement account in the context of a claim for the collection of past due spousal or child support.

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