Massachusetts family law attorneys help people with their divorces and also with issues that may arise after a divorce. Resolution of post divorce issues is governed by the Marital Settlement Agreement (divorce agreement), which contains both parties' rights and responsibilities regarding financial and child related issues.
In December 2016, the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Massachusetts. The new law will affect the legal relationship between landlords and tenants and will likely result in disputes as to what can and cannot be done with respect to cultivating, growing and using marijuana in and around rental property.
When it comes to child custody arrangements in Massachusetts, there are numerous myths that typically affect a parent's rationale. Working out your divorce or paternity case custody related arrangement based on such myths can not only leave you unduly stressed, but also influencing an unfavorable final decision.
Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011, general term alimony will now have a time limit, determined by the length of the marriage.
It's a rare occurrence these days when we do not have to address social media in a Massachusetts divorce or paternity child custody case.
A recent survey conducted by Blue Star Families, found that the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill 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.
IRAs accumulated during a Massachusetts marriage may be considered marital property, even though the account is in the name of only one spouse. During a Massachusetts divorce, all or a portion of one spouse's IRA may be awarded to the other spouse as part of the division of marital property. Since early distributions from IRAs result in tax liability and, possibly, additional penalties, knowing the requirements for a tax-free transfer due to a divorce can save a large sum of money.
When one or both spouses in Massachusetts come to the realization that a divorce is necessary, the last thing either party wants is a time-consuming court process, especially if one or both spouses is looking to remarry. In Massachusetts, the law requires certain waiting periods to be observed, depending on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested.
Divorce mediation in Massachusetts has become a widely accepted way of resolving disputes because it works. Mediators report that typically 85-95 percent of mediated cases result in a settlement, often with an investment of one or two sessions. Among the advantages of mediation is that it fully engages the most important players.