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December 2017 Archives

When Can a Massachusetts Tenant Break a Residential Lease?

What's a Massachusetts residential lease? A lease, is a contract for the rental of property. AsRental agreement 1.jpg such, a lease is enforceable at law. If a tenant signs a lease which is usually for a one-year term, the tenant is liable for rental payments during that period of time.

What to Expect From an Angry Spouse Who Doesn't Play Fair During a Massachusetts Divorce

I often tell people to monitor their responses to emotions during theDivorce 80.jpg Massachusetts divorce process. Being able to respond rationally to negative behavior from an angry ex during this time helps keep down the cost of your divorce and will make the process less conflicted.

Five Reaons Why Stepparents Should Consider Adoption

Marrying a person with children in Massachusetts creates a stepparent relationshipAdoption 5.jpg that, over time, seems no different than a biological relationship. When both biological parents are alive and taking an active role in the upbringing of their children, Massachusetts law prevents stepparents from adopting the children.

3 Promising Paternity Technologies of the Near Future in Massachusetts

Paternity testing has become the de facto method of determining fatherhood inPaternity Test.jpg Massachusetts, especially in disputed cases that end up in court. But not all cases need to go to court. Here are three cutting-edge paternity technologies that show great promise for the future.

IRS Tax Tip: Things to Remember About Hobby Income and Expenses

From scrapbooking to glass blowing, many Massachusetts residents enjoy hobbiesTax 10.png that are also a source of income. A taxpayer must report income on their tax return even if it is made from a hobby.

Massachusetts Military Families Need Community Support

Blue Star Families just released the 2017 Military Lifestyle Survey. The resultsMilitary 8.jpg found that the majority of service members and their spouses are satisfied with military life, but family cohesion is the top concern facing Massachusetts active duty servicemembers and their spouses. The time spent away from family was the number one issue they face, with child education and the impact of constant deployments residing near the top of their issues. 

Massachusetts Landlords May Deduct For Move Out Damage to Apartment

When a Massachusetts tenant leaves damage to a rental unit at move out, theApartment buildings.jpg Massachusetts Security Deposit Law allows a landlord to deduct the cost of repairs from the security deposit, provided the landlord issues a sworn statement of itemized damage along with repair estimates within 30 days of the move out. 

How a Massachusetts Parent's Affection Shapes a Child's Happiness For Life

How often do you hug your Massachusetts child? We all live busy, stressful livesMother and child.jpgand have endless concerns as parents, but it is clear that one of the most important things we need to do is to stop and give our kids a big loving squeeze.

Infograghic: 10 Things Your Massachusetts Kids Can Learn Online

Careful Massachusetts parents should always think over their kids' development in advance. Though teaching them may be challenging, with a help of modern technologies and mobile gadgets, education may become interesting and entertaining.

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