Family Matters Newsletter
January 2012
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The Divorce Collaborative LLC
Massachusetts Family Law
Offices in Bedford & Franklin, Massachusetts

(877) 842 - 1199


Happy New Year!   All of us at The Divorce Collaborative LLC hope you and your family enjoyed the holiday season, and wish you much happiness and success in 2012.  Thanks for taking a few minutes to read our newsletter.  Please feel free to share it with friends, relatives, and co-workers.  

You might be asking yourself "why am I getting this newsletter?", or maybe you are concerned about why your spouse is getting our newsletter?!  No need to panic.  
Our newsletter is not only for clients, but is sent to other professionals that we have met, referral sources, friends, etc.  Frequently, we have helpful family-related info on parenting and other topics.  Of course, if you prefer not to receive the newsletter, just send us $750.00 and we will remove you.  Just kidding - you can easily unsubscribe at the bottom with a single click - although we hope you don't.  

Stephen McDonough, Esq.
Owner, The Divorce Collaborative LLC 
News & Events  2011 a Busy Year for TDC!
60 Great Road, Bedford, MA
TDC's Bedford office, 60 Great Rd

During 2011, TDC welcomed Attorneys Katherine Thomas and Colleen Cunnally to the firm. To read more about them, please click here to read About the TDC Team.

Thanks to our continued growth, we opened up a second location in Bedford, MA after a lengthy search for the right office location.  In late 2011, we also moved to a larger suite within our building in downtown Franklin.  

Another milestone in 2011 was the launch of the firm's new website/blog at  The improved website features design and navigation improvements, the addition of podcasts and video, along with a host of other enhancements. 
So, what does 2012 have in store? Plans include rolling out additional practice areas and web-based content including Assisted Reproductive Technology, which involves not only cutting-edge science, but interesting legal issues.  We will add more information about divorce for military families and more details about international child custody and interstate child support issues. Finally, we plan to conduct a number of free seminars in 2012.  More info will be available on our website.    
Alimony Reform Finally Passes
Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act Goes Into Effect on March 1, 2012 
The big news in Massachusetts family law over the past few months is clearly the new alimony law that has already had a  significant impact on divorce cases, even though the new system does not officially begin until March 1, 2012.   The new law attempts to make the application of alimony more standardized and predictable, and addresses the major problem of the court being unable to set durational limits on spousal support.  To learn more about the sweeping changes to the Massachusetts alimony laws, please visit our website/blog. Here is a link to a brief presentation about the major highlights of the new law.  Bring your own popcorn!
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Post-Nups in Massachusetts  This article is from a recent blog post by Attorney Katherine Thomas of The Divorce Collaborative LLC 

01-05-2012 12:50:42 PM

Postnuptial (or marital) agreements  - frequently referred to as a "post-nup" - are most often made by couples contemplating divorce, but still trying to work on their marriage. These couples are not yet ready to call it quits - and hopefully will not. Through a postnuptial agreement, a married couple is able to decide how [...]...




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- Sure, we concentrate in divorce and family law, but if you or a family member needs a will and supporting documents drafted, then we can help.
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- Katherine Thomas completed a half-marathon at Walt Disney World in October of 2011.   Allegedly. She says she has a medal to prove it, but frankly, we haven't seen it.

- Steve McDonough attended the ABA Law Practice Management Conference on Cape Cod in October of 2011.  

- Colleen Cunnally & Steve McDonough attended the Mass Bar Association Family Law Conference, conducted over two days in October of  2011 at the Chatham Bars Inn.  

- Steve and Kate attended the Macs in Law Offices (MILOFest) conference in November.  The 3 day event is held in Orlando. 

- Steve is performing with the Metrowest band Garden Party, playing a mix of originals and eclectic covers. 

Recent Client Testimonials

"With the uncertainty, fear and anxiety that came with my divorce, I was elated to have Attorney Colleen Cunnally on my side.  She was thorough, diligent, had immense knowledge of the laws, and was an aggressive negotiator. Colleen Swiftly delivered an outcome that was tailored to my lifelong needs.  Thank you Colleen!"


"Going through a divorce isn't easy but Stephen helped ease the stress through mediating the process. He explained the process, advised on what to expect, and helped make it less stressful. Stephen is very knowledgeable and knows what to anticipate in divorce court. This helped us to reach a fair and reasonable agreement with the least amount of pain. No grief and aggravation of lawyers battling and the fees going up and up. If you are reasonable adults and appreciate a true professional, working with Stephen is the way to go." 

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