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A Massachusetts Divorce Can Have a Positive Outcome

The dissolution of a marriage in Massachusetts can be a frightening and stressfulBroken family.jpg ordeal that many divorcing couples might not be emotionally equipped to handle on their own. Because emotions run high, even for the spouse who is seeking the break-up of the marriage, unresolved issues that led to a divorce often-times takes years to resolve. These problems are compounded when children are involved and add additional emotional issues that can led to severe complications for both parents and children.

10 Tips for Dealing With Workplace Harassment in Massachusetts

When someone famous is caught in the act of harassment, it gets people'sSexual-harassment-words.jpgattention. But most harassment stories especially workplace harassment in Massachusetts never make it to the headlines. They're all too common, and they've been around for a long time.

Infographic: 10 Internet Commandments for Massachusetts Kids Going Online

The internet can be an excellent resource for Massachusetts kids. However, the freedom and accessibility that make it so useful can also be the source of hidden dangers. Hence, just as we exercise caution with the 'real world' environments that we allow our children to visit, the internet should be regarded with a healthy dose of vigilance and awareness.

BAH and BAS, are They Included in a Service Members Income for Purposes of Calculating Child Support in Massachusetts?

Active duty military service members in Massachusetts, as part of their compensation, often times receive a monthly stipend for both housing and food. This monthly stipend consists of a Basic Allowance for Housing payment ("BAH") and a Basic Allowance for Subsistence payment ("BAS").

My Adult Child is Getting Divorce in Massachusetts, So Why Am I Being Asked About My Assets?

When their child is getting divorced in Massachusetts, most parents are appalled toDivorce 71.jpeg to learn that Massachusetts, unlike other states, allows the court to consider the future inheritance of a divorcing spouse when determining how to divide the marital estate. Although a future expectancy of an inheritance is not divisible in a divorce, "the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income: is one factor, among many, that the court weighs in the process of equitable distribution.

Massachusetts Divorce, Holidays and Who Gets the Children?

The holidays mean different things to different people in Massachusetts. For some, it's the best timeHolidays.jpg of year, packed with shopping, eating and good times. For others, it's a stressful period full of family drama and agita. Most people experience some mix of both.

How to Avoid the High Cost of a Guardianship or Conservatorship in Massachusetts

It doesn't matter how young or healthy you are. Bad things sometimes happen toEstate Planning 6.png good people. Whatever your age or health, for example, you might be only one car accident away from ending up mentally incapacitated. Have you prepared to make the legal burden on your family as light as possible?

Can Child Support Be Modified Retroactively in Massachusetts? Maybe

When it comes to a Massachusetts divorce, not all separation agreements areChild Support 9.jpg created equal. In fact, a well-crafted agreement can provide a divorcing spouse with a degree of economic protection that far surpasses what would be guaranteed by state law.

The Free Rent Trick in Massachusetts

robber leaving houseLandlords have been fighting the free rent trick in Massachusetts for decades. There's a giant loophole in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 239 Section 8A, that gives the tenant a "get out of jail free" card with evictions. We call this loophole "the free rent trick."

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Proceedings in Massachusetts

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an immigration classificationImmigration 5.jpg available to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. SIJS is a way for immigrants under twenty-one to apply for and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States.

Are You a Victim of Sexual Harassment in Massachusetts?

Sexual harassment in Massachusetts is a type of employment or workplaceSexual Harassment 1.png discrimination that is based on verbal or physical abuse of a sexual nature. Victims of sexual harassment often suffer from the inability to perform his or her duties, psychological trauma, and, in many cases, a desire to terminate his or her employment to escape the harassment.

How to Design a Workable Parenting Plan Agreement in Massachusetts

A well-written parenting plan agreement within your divorce or paternity case willParenting Plan 1.jpg help you co-parent children more successfully after divorce. It is the most important document you will craft as parents and deserves your best effort. It can be 1 page long or 20 pages long, but it must detail how you plan to raise your child(ren) together.

How to Register Out-of-State Child Support/Custody Orders in Massachusetts

Registering a child support/custody order that was obtained in another state orChild Support hearing.jpg even in another country is accomplished in Massachusetts by following the procedure outlined in M.G.L. c. 209D

Massachusetts Allows Employers to Legally Discriminate Based on Weight

While popular culture continues to perpetuate the notion that "fit" is preferable toDiscrimination and Prejudice.jpg "fat," few people are aware that it's legal in 49 states including Massachusetts to terminate a person for the unforgivable sin of packing a few extra pounds.

What Can I Do If My Ex is "Seriously Crazy" ?

Did you know that 1 out of 5 adults has a mental health issue? That meansMental Health 2.jpgthat every two to three families are dealing with a mental health issue at any given time. Look down the street. That means every other household in your own neighborhood is likely dealing with a mentally ill family member. You are far from alone, even though it may feel that way sometimes, especially when dealing with a case in family court.

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