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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.

Key Points of the New Military Blended Retirement System

The new Blended Retirement System (BRS) created under the 2016 NationThrift Savings Plan.jpg Defense Authorization Act is a retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members' Thrift Savings Plan account. This new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018. 

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. 

An Overview of Military Disability Pay in Massachusetts

How would you describe your Massachusetts marriage? If you are currently considering a Massachusetts military divorce, Military boots.jpgyou might say "it's complicated." When one spouse is receiving military disability pay, you might think this makes the divorce process complicated as well. It can be difficult to understand how military disability pay factors into your divorce. However, by obtaining basic information about the division of disability pay, you may be able to eliminate the phrase "it's complicated" from your divorce vocabulary.

BAH and BAS, are They Included in a Service Members Income for Purposes of Calculating Child Support in Massachusetts?

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").

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