The Massachusetts alimony reform statute states that "alimony awards which exceed the durational limits established shall be modified upon a complaint for modification without additional material change of circumstance, unless the court finds that deviation from the durational limits is warranted." The court must then look to whether deviation is "required in the interests of justice."
Massachusetts has passed an amendment to the state's equal pay law aimed at strengthening prohibitions on gender discrimination in the payment of wages for comparable work. The new bill signed will be effective starting in July 2018, provides a definition of "comparable work" for purposes of analyzing pay equity under the law. The bill also prohibits employers from requesting or inquiring into the salary history of job applicants and from restricting employee discussions about their own or another employee's wages.
Depending on the nature and complexity of the issues in dispute in your Massachusetts divorce or child custody matter, your attorney may recommend that you engage the services of non-lawyer professionals to assist with certain aspects of your case. The cost of retaining non-lawyer professionals can add to your legal expenses. Therefore, your attorney must weigh the cost to you of retaining a specific professional with the legal necessity and the added benefit to your case. If your attorney recommends that you retain another professional, it is likely because he/she has deemed it essential to supporting or defending certain positions or claims that are necessary to helping you achieve a certain result. In some situations, you and your spouse may be able to agree to jointly engage the services of a necessary professional, such as a real estate appraiser, and share the cost of the professional's services to keep your expenses to a minimum.
Massachusetts has enacted a statute requiring the regular payment of wages under what is commonly referred to as the "Wage Act." The Wage Act encompasses a wide-range of disputes across the economic spectrum, from minimum wage and overtime disputes involving lower wage earners, to the misclassifications of employees as independent contractors, to certain incentive compensation for high-level executives.
A Massachusetts divorce can cause problems such as stress, anxiety, depressionand panic attacks according relationship psychotherapists. There's a lot to think about during a divorce, particularly looking after children, telling your parents and dealing with their emotions, moving house, dividing possessions, setting up bank accounts, and continuing your job.