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February 2017 Archives

The Status of K1 Visa Fiancees After Divorce in Massachusetts

The K1 Visa is exclusively given to fiancées who come to the U.S. to get married.US Immigration.jpg U.S. immigration services requires the K1 fiancée to marry his/her partner within 90 days of arrival on U.S. soil. After getting married, the couple must file for Adjustment of Status.

I'm Not Quite Ready to Get a Divorce: Does Massachusetts Recognize Legal Separation?

Massachusetts.jpgSometimes parties decide to separate but are not ready to file for divorce in Massachusetts and officially end their marriage. The decision to separate rather than divorce can be based on a number of reasons such as the parties' desire to attempt to save their marriage, religious beliefs which prohibit divorce, or the parties' inability to afford to divorce at a particular time. People often ask whether during this time they can file for legal separation in Massachusetts.

In a Massachusetts Military Divorce, a LES is More

A LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) is the service member's paystub. The LES isThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for LES statement.jpg issued twice monthly; on the last day of the month and the 15th of the month. On the 15th of the month, the LES has no detail just the amount paid. On the last day of the month is when his LES will have the breakdown of his pay.

Think Your Husband is Fudging Numbers - Don't Sign That Tax Return!

Even though your husband may not be running multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme,Tax 5.jpg you could still be in for big trouble if he is fudging numbers, not reporting income, or claiming fictitious deductions on your joint tax returns. For example, if your husband owns a business or professional practice and the profit or loss from that business is declared on your personal tax returns as is usually the case with a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, LLC, or "S" Corporation and you are not privy to the finances of his business, you could be setting yourself up for a disaster.

Relocation of Children After Parents' Massachusetts Divorce May Lead to Long-Term Problems

If either parent is planning to relocate shortly after their Massachusetts divorce, bothRelocation.jpg parents are presented with a new set of challenges as the family wades through the transition.

Fathers: Why You Need to Sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity

Whether you are in an unmarried partnership, are in the midst of a divorce, or areFather and son 1.jpg planning to re-marry in the near future and share a child with someone else, paternity establishment is important in Massachusetts. It ensures your rights as a parent are protected and that your child's rights are protected as well. Without establishing paternity, your child's medical and financial benefits might be at stake, and your parenting privileges can be compromised.

How to Promote Healthy Post-Divorce Adjustment for Children in Massachusetts

The psychological effects of a Massachusetts divorce are just as impactful for children, and in someChildren 19.jpg cases, even more so. This is due in part to the critical developmental periods children go through, such as the early teen years, when their minds and bodies are changing rapidly and drastically. The American Psychological Association (APA) reports research that indicates children from divorce tend to experience less financial security and have lower academic achievement, tend to drink and smoke more, and have a harder time finding and keeping jobs.

Infographic: Signs of a Cheating Spouse in Massachusetts

When you suspect infidelity in your relationship it can be difficult to determine whether or not your suspicions are valid and if so, what to do next. A survey of trusted infidelity investigators were asked to find out what, in their experience, are the common indications of infidelity in a relationship. The following graphic displays the six major signs of a cheating spouse, what to expect in an infidelity investigation and other statistics on infidelity and marriage. 

Should Marijuana Use Matter in Massachusetts Child Custody Cases?

Marijuana 2.jpgThe little-noticed provision in the new Marijuana Legalization Law states that parents' marijuana use, possession, and cultivation can't be the primary basis for taking away custody or other parental rights like visitation - unless there is "clear, convincing and articulable evidence that the person's actions related to marijuana have created an unreasonable danger to the safety" of a child. 

Military Retirement Division to Exclude Post-Divorce Promotions

Thumbnail image for Military 12.jpgA major revision of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act excludes post- divorce promotions when dividing military retirement pensions during divorce.

Massachusetts Military Families: Overview of Basic Allowance for Housing

Military - Army 13.jpgBasic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S.-based allowance that provides uniformed Service members equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local housing markets when government quarters are not provided. A Service member stationed overseas, who does not have government housing available, is eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance.

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