The term alimony is cash paid by one spouse to the other spouse pursuant to a divorce or separation agreement. The IRS defines alimony in Code Section 71. In order for the payments to qualify as alimony the payment must satisfy the following elements: (a)…

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued a new opinion that clarifies the standard to modify child support. The name of the case is Marlene MORALES vs. Richard Louis MORALES. SJC-11104. March 12, 2013. Prior to this ruling, the court required a substantial and material…

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The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines effective January 1, 2009 have supporters and opponents. The payors argue that after payment of child support there is not enough money left for his or her own needs and the payees argue that they need additional money to support…

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A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) performs a child custody evaluation. The purpose of the GAL in the Massachusetts courts is to be an uninterested third party that can provide an unbiased view to the court of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties. The following…

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While Massachusetts is home to some of the safest cities in the United States, it is not exempt from the ever growing problem of domestic violence that is plaguing the nation. As domestic violence rates continue to rise, so does the utilization of local domestic…

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