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Can I mediate child support payments?

I am a firm believer in mediation.  Just about every dispute can be resolved through effective mediation.  Divorce mediation is no different.  Within most divorce mediations, we have a bunch of mini mediations.  For example, divorcing couples need to come to agreement on the sale of a home, child visitation schedules, division of personal property, Read More

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Is there a way I can be guaranteed not to get divorced?

Yes.  Don’t get married.  The statistics are sobering.  Some 50% of first marriages end in divorce.  67% of second marriages end in divorce.  The third time isn’t the charm, as rates for divorce in third marriage are no better. 100% of divorces start with marriage.  If you want to avoid divorce, just don’t do it. Read More

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Do I need a lawyer or mediator to handle my divorce?

Often, I am presented with the question, do I need to have a lawyer in my divorce?  Can I represent myself?  Or, why do I need to use a mediator?  My spouse and I can work these issues out ourselves.  Well, quite frankly, if you could just work it out with your spouse, you probably Read More

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A fresh start after divorce can include being a ‘First-Time Home Buyer’ again.

A significant percentage of our divorce clients had purchased their first home when they married.  As part of the dissolution, that first home was sold, or the client took a buyout from their former spouse.  Fast forward a few years and the client has re-built their financial foundation and wants to move from renting (or Read More

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Attorney Shawn M. Masterson succeeds in the First Circuit Court of Appeals

“The aphorist tells us that hope springs eternal, but litigation based on hope alone should not be allowed to proceed eternally.” Shapiro Dorry Masterson, LLC successfully represents its client in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Relying on the brief written by Attorney Shawn M. Masterson, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision Read More

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To keep or not keep the house in divorce

My path to divorce law was paved with real estate issues. Improper deeds, failure to pay a mortgage, mistaken beliefs about assuming a mortgage. Foreclosure or bankruptcy court. Unfortunately, this is when a divorcee first realizes that they should not have kept the marital home. Part of my practice focuses on real estate law. Everything Read More

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Caveat emptor; the lack of duty to disclose a series of unfortunate events

After 15 years of practice in real estate, one thing is clear: Full Disclosure is always the better policy. I am not talking about revealing attorney-client communication. I am talking about full disclosure of property conditions and material information. In Rhode Island, a home seller must disclose known deficient conditions pursuant to the Real Estate Read More

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