PROBATE & FAMILY COURT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PILOT PROGRAM OFFERING FREE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES

   Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez recently announced the creation of a pilot program designed to settle cases where the majority of the contested issues have already been resolved.

        The Limited Issues Settlement Conference (LISC) program is envisioned as a judicial case management tool intended to bring parties and counsel together, by agreement, to settle any kind of Probate and Family Court matter, with the involvement and expertise of an active or retired judge of the Probate and Family Court. Potential cases range from divorce settlements, child custody and support issues, and will contests, to guardianships of children or the elderly, among others. To be eligible to request a conference, the parties to the case need to have been before the court on at least one prior occasion, one side must be represented by counsel, and the parties must agree to bring a working agreement to the scheduled hearing.

        The LISC program is intended to assist the parties in resolving outstanding issues. If complete resolution is achieved at the conference, a decree or judgment necessary to conclude the matter will enter immediately after the conference thus saving parties, counsel, and the courts from additional expense of time and money in preparation for, and presentation of, a trial.

        Cases pending in any county may participate in this process. The conferences will be held on the first Friday of each month at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court in Canton. The first conference session was held on November 1, 2013. Free parking is available at the conference site.

 

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WHAT IF I AM SCARED OF BEING ALONE?

Hi Hindell, 

My husband and I are nearing the end of our divorce proceedings. We’re signing the final papers next week, and all I can think about is how scared I am to be alone. What can I do to cope?

Sincerely,

Lonely in Lexington

The fact is that getting divorced is a lonely endeavor.  Realize that you may need support and that sadness can overwhelm unexpectedly.  Divorce is a life altering event which requires change in the way you think and live.  Don’t minimize the impact, but recognize that you have control over how you live and make choices which make your life better. Get help to make this plan if you need.  In addition to therapists, there are executive coaches, career counselors, financial advisors and others to help guide you.

Best wishes,

Hindell Grossman
Grossman & Associates, Ltd.
Newton & Nantucket
617.969.0069

CAN I DATE WHILE I’M IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING A DIVORCE?

Dear Hindell,

My husband and I decided to file for divorce several months ago. The process has been incredibly stressful, and my friend suggested I start dating again as a way to take my mind off of the situation. Am I allowed to date while still in the process of getting a divorce? If so, should I tell my husband?

Sincerely, 

Wondering in Watertown

Yes you are permitted to date but it is not unusual for this to fuel a new round of hostility toward you from your spouse and possibly your children, and for the divorce proceedings to be impacted in some small way. However, dating while divorcing often provides a new social life and can help you transition to a new sense of self. While it can bring joy and a positive distraction, dating should be a discreet activity, kept from both the children and your spouse as long as possible.

Best wishes,

Hindell Grossman
Grossman & Associates, Ltd.
Newton & Nantucket
617.969.0069