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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").

Does a Military Career Increase Your Chances of Divorcing in Massachusetts?

According to a recent analysis, workers in certain fields are seeing higher divorce rates by age 30. The highest divorce rate was for first-line enlisted military supervisors. They had a divorce rate of 30%. The occupation involves leading operations and coordinating the activities of enlisted military personnel.

Members of the Armed Forces Get Special Tax Benefits for 2017

Members of the military may qualify for tax breaks and benefits. Special rules could lower the tax they owe or give them more time to file and pay taxes. In addition, some types of military pay are tax-free.

How to Help Massachusetts Children Cope With Military Deployments

When a Massachusetts parent serves in the military, their whole family is impactedMilitary 26.jpg by their service. Deployments and relocations present unique challenges that are faced each day by military families. For some, these challenges can take an enormous toll on the family dynamic. Moreover, military families who face a divorce may find that their situation becomes even more challenging. One parent's absence due to a military deployment plus the emotional weight of the divorce at home can be hard to navigate, particularly for children.

U.S. Supreme Court Prohibits Indemnity Waivers For VA Disability Payments

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Howell v. Howell,Military 25.jpg prohibiting states from ordering indemnity when a servicemember waived a portion of military retirement in return for VA disability payments.

How to Calculate Retirement Pay For Reserve Component Members in Massachusetts

The current Reserve Component (RC) retirement is based on a combination ofMilitary Female.jpg satisfactory years and points achieved each year. An RC member (that is, a member of the National Guard or Reserves) earns 15 points each year for participation, one point each day for two weeks of annual training and any other active duty time served, and points for weekend drills, performing funeral honors, and completing correspondence courses, depending on how many hours of work are performed. RC members must earn 50 points annually to have a satisfactory year.

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