You and your soon-to-be-ex spouse may still be under the same roof in Massachusetts, or you might have already separated or found temporary arrangements apart from one another. Regardless of your current living situation, your regular monthly bills are still coming in. How do you know who should be paying the household bills during your divorce? If you own a home, you'll surely have utility bills including cable and Internet as well as mortgage and car payments to make. There are probably also credit card and loan statements, car, life and health insurance costs, and many other bills. No matter your current relationship with your spouse, determining who pays what might be confusing at first.
The best way to protect against a burglary in Massachusetts is to be well-informed. That starts with learning the who, what, when, where, why, and how of burglaries, so tenants can better understand what they are up against. Landlords should take action by familiarizing your tenants with common security mistakes to avoid, and by implementing simple do-it-yourself tips and tricks for burglar-proofing your properties.
Research shows that kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun. That's just the time they spend in front of a screen for entertainment. It doesn't include the time they spend on the computer at school for educational purposes or at home for homework.
The first step in evicting any Massachusetts tenant is issuing a notice to quit which is a legal document formally notifying the tenant that his tenancy is being terminated for a particular reason and giving him the date upon which he must move out. There are very specific rules as to how the notice must be drafted, what it must say, and how it must be delivered. Any mistakes in providing a proper notice to quit can torpedo your eviction case before you even see a judge.
Sadly, a Massachusetts divorce often involves lies and deception. Although the parties in a Massachusetts divorce action are obligated to make full and complete disclosures of their assets and liabilities, it is not uncommon for one spouse to attempt to hide marital property. By hiding assets, one of the parties may attempt to keep those assets from being equitably distributed and reduce the amount of child support and alimony they would otherwise be required to pay.
Many people worry about their Massachusetts divorce and credit card debtspecifically how that debt is divided following a Massachusetts divorce and they fear being held responsible for the wild spending of their spouse. The general rule in an equitable division state like Massachusetts is that debts incurred during the marriage for marital purposes is marital debt, regardless of whether it's listed jointly or in only one spouse's name.
Landlords in Massachusetts may be obligated to modify their "no pets" policies to allow a resident to keep an animal that does not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of "service animal." This post will clarify the status of other types of animals that may assist individuals with disabilities, such as emotional support/companion animals, and their status under Massachusetts Fair Housing laws.
The current Reserve Component (RC) retirement is based on a combination of 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.
The current military retirement system is a defined benefit system. 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).
When a landlord begins the eviction process, they are proceeding under Massachusetts's summary process rules. These are the rules that a landlord must proceed under or they risk violating the tenant's rights. While a summary process is the fastest legal proceeding in Massachusetts, it can still be quite slow and costly for the landlord.
As mediation continues to build momentum as a viable, and often less costly, form of dispute resolution in Massachusetts, so has the role of your attorney in the mediation process. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which spouses meet with a qualified neutral professional, usually and preferably an experienced divorce attorney, to discuss their child related and/or financial issues, exchange pertinent information, and work with the mediator to create an out-of-court settlement. While this process does not involve retained experts or litigation, most parties do in fact consult with and obtain advice from an attorney prior to, during, and after the mediation process.