FAMILY LAW SERIES Webinar 1 - Divorce and Family Law – The Rapidly Evolving Law of Alimony under the Flurry of Recent Decisions

Event Start:
03/25/2021 4:00 PM
Event End:
03/25/2021 6:00 PM

Date and Time:  Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Program Fee: $50

This program is online only.

Cosponsored with the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court and Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court 


  • Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
  • Maureen McBrien, Esq., Brick, Jones, McBrien & Hickey LLP
  • John J. McGlone, III, Esq., Giarrusso Norton Cooley & McGlone, P.C.
  • Lisa M. Cukier, Esq., Burns & Levinson ( Moderator)

The pandemic didn’t slow down alimony decisions!  After a quiet 2019, the year 2020 was transformative in alimony analysis and significant case law. The courts are still grappling with the application of the 2012 Alimony Reform Act and its words, applications, and nuances to various factual scenarios, resulting in numerous appeals by parties aggrieved by decisions and desirous of clarification and direction from our appellate courts.  Family law attorneys are preserving issues at the trial court level, briefing the issues on appeal, and the appellate courts are issuing decisions offering much needed guidance. In 2020, the SJC and Appeals Court decided various published and unpublished decisions providing contour and definition to the meaning of “existing order,” when statutory durational limits commence, and whether a recipient can seek alimony after the presumptive durational limits have expired. The Appeals Court also weighed in on whether marital lifestyle is applicable to the analysis in a deviation case.  These are but a few of the issues that will be discussed during this session, along with a synopsis of holdings since Alimony Reform was enacted, a discussion of alimony trends, and predictions as to the next issues that may be addressed by our appellate courts.  Please join us for an exciting discussion moderated by Lisa Cukier and with panelists and a judge who have first-hand knowledge!

Some of the cases that will be discussed:

  • Voorhis v. Relle, 97 Mass. App. Ct. 46 (2020)
  • DB v JB, 97 Mass. App. Ct. 170 (2020)
  • Pedro v. Pedro, 97 Mass. App. Ct. 1017 (2020)
  • Pavlo v. Pavlo, 97 Mass. App. Ct. 1017 (2020)
  • Clement v. Owens-Clement, 98 Mass. App. Ct. 632 (2020)
  • Clemence v. Sklenak, 98 Mass. App. Ct. 646 (2020)


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