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My ex-spouse has asked to pick up our children at a different time from that stated in our parenting schedule. I’m fine with the change, but do we need to alter the agreement in writing or is a verbal agreement enough?

Most if the time my answer is going to be “get it in writing.” While you may have the most amicable divorce in the world, you never know what the future may hold. Contracts fill the gaps left when human trust fails. If this is a one-time, or two-time situation, a verbal agreement should suffice,

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I make my living in the arts. Does my spouse have a fifty percent share in rights to my works and the income they produce?

Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that artistic works, along with patents, trade secrets, and many other “intangible” properties, constitute intellectual property. And intellectual property, in Massachusetts, is marital property. No, in that Massachusetts does not assume “equal” (fifty-fifty) distribution of property between partners at the dissolution of a marriage, but rather “equitable.” Intellectual

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If I am in a long-term cohabitating relationship that began prior to the passage of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act can my alimony award be modified?

Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act alimony can be suspended, reduced or terminated upon the cohabitation of the recipient spouse with another person for a continuous period of at least three months. However, it is only a basis for modification in divorces occurring after the effective date of the Alimony Reform Act, March 1, 2012.

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