During tax season, parents with a Massachusetts child support order frequently ask me whether or not they can claim their child on their taxes. The IRS rule is that the custodial parent has the right to claim the exemption. This is the default rule, but…

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Are you thinking about filing for divorce in Massachusetts? Then you need to know what is likely to happen to your retirement accounts. The most popular type of retirement accounts include pension plans, 401(k)s, IRAs and Keogh plans. Typically, the coverture value of the retirement…

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Prior to The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011, a durational limit was not placed on alimony. This means that there could be a lifetime alimony obligation even if the parties were only married for 3 years. Not only does the new act limit the…

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How do you deal with in-laws during divorce? This is particularly applicable for those people that have either formed a strong relationship with the in-laws or feel that their in-laws have created unnecessary friction between the divorcing parties. These two categories of people may find…

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Not paying child support in Massachusetts has severe consequences. The failure to pay child support in Massachusetts can lead to incarceration, loss of driver’s license and loss of eligibility to receive a U.S. Passport. The U.S. Department of State has taken a tough stance whethe…

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