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Super Lawyers Names Dana Lauer Massachusetts Rising Star

Super LawyersCordell & Cordell Boston divorce attorney Dana Lauer was recently recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Massachusetts Rising Star in the family law practice area.  [Read more…]

Free “Men’s Divorce School” Seminars in Boston, Columbus

MDS-genericMen’s Divorce School,” a complimentary seminar presented by the domestic litigation firm Cordell & Cordell, will provide a crash course in Divorce 101.

How is custody decided? Will you have to pay child support and alimony? What is the divorce process like?

Learn the answers to those questions and more at Cordell & Cordell’s complimentary seminars offered in Columbus (Feb. 19) and Boston (Feb. 27).

Topics will include an overview of alimony, child support, custody, property division, and the divorce process, while offering tips and strategies for your case.

If you’re facing a divorce – perhaps one you don’t even want – you should attend the free “Men’s Divorce School” seminar.

Register at or by calling 866-DADS-LAW.

Struggling pitcher files for divorce

John Lackey, a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, has had a rough season, posting a 12-12 record and an earned run average of 6.41. However, off the field, life may be even more difficult for the hurler.

According to the Boston Globe, Lackey has filed for divorce from his wife, Krista, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Lackey has battled with the Boston sports media throughout his tenure in the city, but the divorce claims resulted in a fiery press conference following the team’s recent double header against the New York Yankees. Lackey told the media that he had received a text message from a member of the press 30 minutes before his start, asking about personal issues. Also in the press conference, he reportedly said that “this is unbelievable I’ve got to deal with this.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, John Lackey was married to his wife Krista in 2008 and the couple has a pre-nuptial agreement. The divorce petition was filed in Texas on August 30.

Bay State lawmakers propose alimony reform bill

Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed a new alimony reform bill that would significantly alter how alimony payments are determined in the state and place caps on payment duration, according to published reports.

The bill, known as the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011, would allow judges to base alimony awards on the recipients actual financial need for spousal support and end payments for long-term marriages at retirement age. In addition, short-term marriages would receive earlier caps and payments would end if the recipient remarried or began living with another partner.

A task force began working on the reform effort more than a year ago, according to the Boston Business Journal, which said it was started by Judiciary Co-chairs Senator Cynthia Creem and Representative Eugene O’Flaherty.

“The word I’ve heard is there is a lot of momentum behind this bill, and that legislators are motivated to do something about this issue,” Kelly Leighton, a local divorce attorney and co-chair of the Boston Bar Associations family law section, told the newspaper.

Multiple states have recently proposed legislation to alter outdated alimony laws. In West Virginia, lawmakers are advocating a bill that would not require an individual to pay alimony if their partner had an affair during their marriage.