The dissolution of a marriage in Massachusetts can be a frightening and stressful 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.
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.
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").
When their child is getting divorced in Massachusetts, most parents are appalled to 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.
Landlords 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 (SIJS) is an immigration classification 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.
Sexual harassment in Massachusetts is a type of employment or workplace 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.
A well-written parenting plan agreement within your divorce or paternity case will 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.
Registering a child support/custody order that was obtained in another state or even in another country is accomplished in Massachusetts by following the procedure outlined in M.G.L. c. 209D.
While popular culture continues to perpetuate the notion that "fit" is preferable to "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.
Did you know that 1 out of 5 adults has a mental health issue? That meansthat 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.