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Annual John C. Stevens Family Law Symposium: Benched

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

The Firehouse Center for the Arts

Market Square, Newburyport, MA, USA

Featuring all of the Essex Probate Court judges, and a surprise guest star, Moderators Judith Cowan and Donald Pitman will guide a discussion of the most current challenging issues.

Attend & Learn:

  • Thresholds for changes of legal custody/physical custody/modification/alimony. How do we combat a presumption? What is the Court’s standard for rebutting a presumption?  
  • Use of recordings in court
  • Contempt and fees – does payment of the underlying amount stop the contempt and fees?
  • Post-trial and pre-appeal procedures…what can we do to start or stop cases? When is a stay applicable to the terms of a judgment?
  • Attacking the presumption for college – when is the ½ of UMass Amherst standard applicable or not? 
  • The judge's view on substance abuse cases


Hon. Michael D. Anderson

Hon. Mary Rudolph-Black

Hon. Frances M. Giordano

Hon. Nan M. Sauer

Hon. Jennifer M. Rivera Ulwick

Moderators: Attorneys Judith Cowan and Donald Pitman

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