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Divorce & Family Law: May 2018 Archives

Inadequate Petition For Grandparent Visitation Must Be Dismissed

In a decision handed down on May 3, 2018, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a Probate and Family Court Judge's ruling and held that the court must dismiss a petition for grandparent visitation "when the petition does not sufficiently allege why visitation is necessary to protect the child from significant harm." See Martinez v. Martinez-Cintron, No. 17-P-1056 (Mass. App. Ct. May 3, 2018).

What happens at a pre-trial conference?

Many litigants, particularly in highly contested divorce or custody modification actions, often insist that their case will never settle, and will ultimately need to proceed to a trial.  In fact, only a very small portion of such cases which are filed in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court proceed to a trial.  This is due in part to one of the most important court dates for both lawyers and litigants alike: the pre-trial conference.

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