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Typical Massachusetts Military Retirement Plans

Military marriages in Massachusetts experience strains and stresses in greaterMilitary Marching.jpg capacity than other marriages due to the complications that their jobs put on both spouses. Though these marriages can be extremely stressful and difficult, the overall divorce rate among both male and female service members only averaged 3 percent in 2017. To be more precise, about 21,290 of 689,060 married troops divorced in 2017. The divorce process for members of the military is relatively uniform to those who are not in the service. The main difference for these individuals is how to divide their retirement plans. 

Major Post-9/11 GI Bill Changes for Massachusetts Military Families

The changes build on the existing Post-9/11 GI Bill, and the most talked aboutMilitary 34.jpg change is the one that removes the 15 year time limit for people to use their GI Bill benefit. For this reason, the new changes are being referred to as the "Forever GI Bill."

How to Serve a Massachusetts Service Member Who is Deployed - By Email

Service of U.S. state court paperwork is similar to serving on exclusive federal landMilitary 32.png - the Army, for example, will first ascertain whether the servicemember will voluntarily accept service. If not, the requesting party is advised that he/she must comply with the requirements of the host nation or Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Protecting Child Custody for Massachusetts Military Servicemembers

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act was passed at the start of World War II toMilitary 29.jpg provide legal protection to those serving in the military. Congress later passed the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA) in 2003 to update the original legislation in order to better reflect modern times.
SCRA law recognizes that servicemembers, like all other U.S. residents, may become involved in civil conflict or family law, often by filing for divorce or being served divorce papers. However, when legal conflict arises, it is particularly difficult for these servicemembers to protect their legal rights when they are involved in training, deployed on assignment, or otherwise required to focus all of their energies on national defense.

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. 

IRS Tax Tip: What Massachusetts Members of Military Should Know about the Earned Income Tax Credit

The IRS reminds members of the Massachusetts military and veterans that they Tax Planning.jpgmay qualify for the earned income tax credit. This credit benefits certain people who work and have earned income that's less than $53,930.

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