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Does a Military Career Increase Your Chances of Divorcing in Massachusetts?

According to a recent analysis, workers in certain fields are seeing higher divorce rates by age 30. The highest divorce rate was for first-line enlisted military supervisors. They had a divorce rate of 30%. The occupation involves leading operations and coordinating the activities of enlisted military personnel.

Members of the Armed Forces Get Special Tax Benefits for 2017

Members of the military may qualify for tax breaks and benefits. Special rules could lower the tax they owe or give them more time to file and pay taxes. In addition, some types of military pay are tax-free.

How to Help Massachusetts Children Cope With Military Deployments

When a Massachusetts parent serves in the military, their whole family is impactedMilitary 26.jpg by their service. Deployments and relocations present unique challenges that are faced each day by military families. For some, these challenges can take an enormous toll on the family dynamic. Moreover, military families who face a divorce may find that their situation becomes even more challenging. One parent's absence due to a military deployment plus the emotional weight of the divorce at home can be hard to navigate, particularly for children.

U.S. Supreme Court Prohibits Indemnity Waivers For VA Disability Payments

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Howell v. Howell,Military 25.jpg prohibiting states from ordering indemnity when a servicemember waived a portion of military retirement in return for VA disability payments.

How to Calculate Retirement Pay For Reserve Component Members in Massachusetts

The current Reserve Component (RC) retirement is based on a combination ofMilitary Female.jpg satisfactory years and points achieved each year. An RC member (that is, a member of the National Guard or Reserves) earns 15 points each year for participation, one point each day for two weeks of annual training and any other active duty time served, and points for weekend drills, performing funeral honors, and completing correspondence courses, depending on how many hours of work are performed. RC members must earn 50 points annually to have a satisfactory year.

How to Calculate Retirement Pay For Active Duty Service members in Massachusetts

The current military retirement system is a defined benefit system.Military 23.jpg Service members who serve honorably for 20 years become vested in the retirement system. When active-duty Service members retire, they receive a monthly pension calculated by multiplying the average of the service member's highest three years of continuous pay (the retired pay base) by 2.5% times the years of service (the retired pay multiplier).

Military Families: Do Not Overlook Post 9/11 G.I. Education Benefits

A recent survey conducted by Blue Star Families, found that the Post 9/11 G.I. BillMilitary 9.jpg education benefit remains the top benefit and powerful retention tool for military families. In 2016, 78% of service members either transferred or planned to transfer to a spouse or child this benefit as opposed to 76% in 2015 and 66% in 2014. 

Protections Available To Active Military Personnel During A Massachusetts Divorce

The Service members Civil Relief Act provides for a mandatory stay of at leastMilitary 20.jpg ninety days upon a proper request by a qualifying servicemember "the court may on its own motion and shall, upon application by the servicemember, stay the action for a period of not less than 90 days, if certain conditions are met.

In a Massachusetts Military Divorce, a LES is More

A LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) is the service member's pay stub.LES statement.jpg Service members receive a LES twice monthly; on the 15th of the month and the last day 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 the LES will have a detailed breakdown.

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