Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Family Law Resources and Forms

Child Support Guidelines for Massachusetts

For a copy of the Guidelines, click here.
For a copy of the Guidelines worksheet – 2017 TBD
For a copy of Instructions for completing the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, click here.
For a copy of the Child Support Guidelines Chart, click here.

For an on-line Guidelines calculator, click here.

Separation/Divorce Agreement checklist:

Click here for a Separation/Divorce Agreement Checklist of issues that need to be addressed (or at least considered) in marital separation and divorce. (This document has been adapted from a checklist prepared by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.)

Model Separation Agreement:

For a sample separation agreement, which includes optional provisions relating to children, please click here.

Divorce mediation

Click here for a Divorce Mediation Primer that answers basic questions about the process of mediation, such as “why mediate?” and “what will it cost?”

Health Insurance During and After Divorce

For a copy of the Massachusetts statutes that protect divorcing spouses click here and click here.

The Office of Attorney General Tom Reilly and Health Law Advocates have created a 28-page pamphlet Staying Healthy: A Guide to Keeping Health Insurance After Divorce, November 2002.  Click here for a printable version of the pamphlet.

Reading Lists:

Books for Children about Divorce

Books for Parents About Divorce and Co-Parenting

Books about Making Marriages Last

Rosters

Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

Association for Conflict Resolution – New England Chapter

Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Parent Education Programs

All divorcing parents of minor children are required to take this five-hour course – click here for information.

The Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has issued a set of Model Parenting Plans which provide non-mandatory suggestions for co-parenting.  Click here for a copy of the document.

The Massachusetts Legal and Mental Health communities have collaborated to create Planning for Shared Parenting: A Guide for Parents Living Apart.  Click here for a printable version of the 23-page pamphlet.

Court Forms

The forms needed for filing for divorce in Massachusetts.

Financial Statement and Expense List

When filing for divorce parties are required to file a financial statement.  There are two forms; the Long Form and Short Form.  If you earn more than $75,000, then use the Long Form.  If you earn less, then use the Short Form.

As part of the required Financial Statement form for divorce filings, the parties are required to list their expenses (as well as income, assets, and liabilities). The Court form, however, does not provide adequate space for such a list for most people, and so we have devised our own (with some help from a list that appeared in the ABA’s “Family Advocate” magazine) – click here for an Excel version.

Disclaimer – please note: The purpose of providing these forms and other materials is not to provide legal advice. Please consult with counsel – either at BLC or other counsel – about these forms to see whether they are appropriate for your particular circumstances.