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Books to Help Your Child Cope With Massachusetts Divorce

Massachusetts children all react to news of a Massachusetts divorce differently. Helping them to understand their feelings and process the emotions they experience can be tricky. It is often hard enough for the adults to deal with, for Massachusetts children it can seem like their world is falling apart.

Can My Massachusetts Landlord Raise My Rent?

Raising rent is always a contentious issue among Massachusetts landlords andLease Agreement.jpg tenants. Are raises in rent allowed? The answer depends upon the rental agreement between the parties: whether there is a lease or tenancy-at-will.

Divorce as a Young Person in Massachusetts

It may seem that most Massachusetts divorces occur later in life, at least due to Divorce 72.jpgstereotypes of divorcees in movies, and divorces that are widely-publicized, namely celebrities and politicians. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that the average age of divorce is actually 30, and that the divorce rates, at least for most age groups, has been consistently dropping since 1996.

May a Massachusetts Landlord Charge an Application Fee? NO!!

The answer is NO! A Massachusetts landlord may not charge an application fee,Lock.jpgwith one exception. Massachusetts General Laws states that at or prior to the commencement of any tenancy, no lessor may require a tenant or prospective tenant to pay any amount in excess of the following:

The Five Stages of Grief During a Massachusetts Divorce

Many people have heard of the five stages of grief that we go through when a Grief.jpgloved one dies: denial, anger, bargaining, loss, and acceptance. This grieving concept was introduced in 1969 by the late Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, "On Death and Dying." Although the concept was originally focused on how people handle death, these five stages of grief can also be used to help work through the emotional process of a Massachusetts divorce.

Morality Clauses in Massachusetts Parenting Plans

Parents going through a divorce in Massachusetts have numerous concerns Moral dilemma.jpgregarding how their children will be affected by the divorce. Each parent may fear that the other parent will be a bad influence when it comes to the children, and want to limit the type of activities the parent can engage in when the parent is caring for the children. This is how the idea of a morality clause comes up in the context of a divorce.

India: A Safe Haven for International Child Abduction for Massachusetts Children

There has been a rash of cases concerning parents who remove a child from the United States to India without the consent of the other parent and then refuse to return the child to this country. 

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.

Don't Take Advice From Friends During Your Massachusetts Divorce

You just filed for a Massachusetts divorce and went to tell your siblings anDivorce 41.jpgd parents. You met with your best friend and gave her the news as well. Of course, she has advice about what you need to do next.

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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