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10 Ways a Massachusetts Divorce Can Affect Your Credit

A Massachusetts divorce can have an impact on your credit, though theCredit History.jpg proceedings themselves are not the reason for this. Couples shouldn't expect their credit scores to plummet the second they file for divorce. However, there are things that occur during divorce that can have a negative impact on credit.

What is the Difference Between a Massachusetts Annulment and Divorce

There are several very important differences between a Massachusetts annulmentAnnuled.jpg and divorce. First, when the court issues a judgment nullifying a marriage it means that the marriage never existed. When the court issues a judgment of divorce, the parties were still married but their status returns to that of a single person.

Are You Co-Parenting Or Counter-Parenting? Get It Right For Your Massachusetts Kids!

Divorcing in Massachusetts may not result in the outcome many would hope for. IfChildren 23.jpeg you're divorcing, most likely you would rather not be around your ex any more than necessary; yet, because children are shared with an ex, the door must remain open for communication and interaction to meet the children's needs. As much as we might wish to completely close the door on the past, we simply can't in these circumstances.

Why Do You Stay in an Unhappy Marriage?

It seems like there are two different types of Massachusetts divorces:Divorce 88.jpg
1. Those that last decades, fighting tooth and nail over every spoon, chair, and penny, and
2. Those that seem to simply dissolve quietly before our eyes, as if it had all only been an illusion in the first place.

Does Your Job Increase Your Risk of a Massachusetts Divorce?

Certain jobs and career paths are correlated with a higher rate of a MassachusettsNew Job.jpg divorce than others. These are not necessarily the most physically stressful jobs like construction, nor are they jobs that tend to keep individuals away from home for prolonged periods of time, like the military. Many of the jobs cited as having a high divorce rate are jobs that are mentally exhausting and put employees into positions where they are in close physical contact with others, either clients or colleagues.

What if I am Still Employed, I Have a Massachusetts Wage Claim, but I Don't Want to be Fired?

It is illegal to fire a Massachusetts employee for trying to get paid their wages. The law says "NoEmployee Compensation.jpg employee shall be penalized by an employer in any way as a result of any action on the part of an employee to seek his or her rights under the wages and hours provisions of this chapter."

IRS Tax Tip: What is the Earned Income Tax Credit!

The earned income tax credit is a benefit for working people with low andTax10.jpg moderate incomes. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they don't owe any tax or aren't required to file. Here are some things taxpayers should know about the EITC:

Expanded Paternity Leave For Massachusetts Sailors

Officials with the U.S. Navy announced that the service branch willFather and baby 1.jpg more than double the amount of paid leave provided to Massachusetts sailors whose spouses have given birth. As early as February 2018 the Navy will increase the number of days a sailor can receive in paid time off for paternity leave from 10 to 21. 

Infograghic: #MeToo: Facts About Sexual Harassment in the Massachusetts Workforce

The #MeToo and Time's Up Now movement is sparking much debate across the country, and your Massachusetts workplace is no exception. But just how prevalent is sexual harassment in companies across the U.S.? The infographic below highlights key findings from a recent CareerBuilder survey. 

6 Tips For Creating a Co-Parenting Agreement That Works For Everyone After a Massachusetts Divorce

During a Massachusetts divorce, there's a lot of paperwork, red tape, andCo parent.jpg headaches to battle through. Chief among these is figuring out how to go about the business of raising kids across two households. No matter what the circumstances are, experts all agree that it is crucial that divorcing parents come up with a co-parenting agreement. In essence, the agreement is a written document that outlines point by point how the parents will raise the children once the divorce is finalized. This encompasses everything from dividing up when the children will be with each parent to day-to-day things like bedtimes, school schedules and activities.

Single Massachusetts Fathers More Likely to Die Early

A new study of Massachusetts parents found that single fathers have a higher prematureFather and son 2.jpg mortality rate than single mothers or parents who are paired up. The study tracked more than 40,000 people for 11 years and found that single dads died soonest, and also had the least healthy lifestyles.

Massachusetts Landlords Cannot Charge an Application Fee!

Application fees are one of those areas where inexperienced Rental agreement 2.jpgMassachusetts landlords follow common sense instead of the law, and pay penalties as a result. The law for property owners and managers is clear. It states that prior to the beginning of a tenancy, no lessor may require payment for anything except first, last, security, and locks.

Stay-at-Home Massachusetts Dads Deserve Alimony Too!

Traditionally, when society speaks about or thinks of alimony, it has been given byStay at home dad 1.jpg Massachusetts men to their ex-wives. However, in the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of men requesting and receiving alimony. As the number of women climbing the career ladder rises, so does the number of stay-at-home fathers, as well as the number of men seeking alimony. Women are now actually the top earners in one-third of all marriages, and as women continue to narrow the income gap, it has resulted in some unforeseen consequences, especially when it comes to divorce.

Getting Parental Consent for Children's Passports in Tricky Family Situations

Not every family fits the traditional mold of mom plus dad plus kids, all livingPassport 4.jpg together in one house in Massachusetts. Since the US State Department has strict requirements for minor passports, you may have wondered how you can show parental consent if you have an unusual family situation. No need to worry! For every type of family, there is a solution to help you get a US passport for your child. In this article, we'll look at a number of scenarios and show you how you can satisfy the government requirements to get a passport for your kid.

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