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Schmidt & Federico attorneys named Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Recently, six attorneys at Schmidt & Federico were included in the 2018 edition of the Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine and website (www.superlawyers.com).  These attorneys will be featured in the New England Super Lawyers Magazine, which will appear as a supplement in the November 2018 issue of Boston Magazine. The selections for the list are made […]

Impact of the 2018 Tax Law on Divorces

Recently, Congress passed tax reform (known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”) which, in part, eliminated the alimony deduction for divorces entered after December 31, 2018.  Alimony payments have historically been considered income to the recipient/payee and have been deductible by the payor if certain requirements are met (i.e., the payment must be in […]

Senate Bill Retains Alimony Tax Deduction

In a previous post, we noted how the House recently passed a version of a tax reform bill which, if enacted into law, would eliminate the tax deduction for alimony payments in divorces and separation agreements executed after December 31, 2017. On November 9, 2017, however, the Senate responded by filing its own version of […]

Proposed House tax bill would eliminate alimony tax deduction

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee issued H.R.1, called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” a bill over 400 pages long, which contains provisions that will likely have a profound impact on family law practitioners, as it would eliminate the tax deductions relating to payments that some people are required to […]

Congratulations to S&F Super Lawyers!

We are pleased to announce that, this year, the following attorneys in our firm were named to the Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” list, an honor limited to approximately 5% of the lawyers state-wide: • Mary H Schmidt, estate planning & probate (an honoree since 2004); • Phyllis Federico, family law (an honoree since 2004); • Sandy […]

Young vs. Young

Two weeks ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in a case which addressed the question of whether and under what circumstances the Alimony Reform Act (M.G.L. ch. 208 §§48-55), permits a judge to award alimony based on a percentage of the paying spouse’s income. Given the importance of the issue, Sandy Durland […]

George vs. George

Recently, the S.J.C. issued a decision, in George vs. George, which addressed the issue of whether a trial judge, on a complaint for modification of an alimony judgment that predated the Alimony Reform Act, may deviate from the durational limits of M.G.L. ch 208 §49, on the basis that the alimony provisions of the parties’ […]