Massachusetts taxpayers who adopted or started the adoption process during 2019 should review the rules around the adoption credit. While the amount of the credit increases for qualified taxpayers, the rules remain the same.
Military life is not always the most stable for Massachusetts families. Those who are in the military or grew up in a military family can attest to that. But now, more adoption agencies and child welfare groups are recognizing that military families are just as capable of providing a loving and welcoming home for children as any other family. Though being in the military does pose unique circumstances, it also means that you may be able to receive certain benefits when adopting a child that are not available to anyone who is not in the armed forces.
Stepparent adoption in Massachusetts is the legal process of creating a legal parent-child status between those who lack the biological parent-child relationship. Once an adoption is finalized, the adoptive parent and child have the same rights and obligations as if the child was born to him/her.
Not every family fits the traditional mold of mom plus dad plus kids, all living 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.
Marrying a person with children in Massachusetts creates a stepparent relationship 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.
The dissolution of a marriage in Massachusetts can be a frightening and stressful ordeal that many divorcing couples might not be emotionally equipped to handle on their own. Because emotions run high, even for the spouse who is seeking the break-up of the marriage, unresolved issues that led to a divorce often-times takes years to resolve. These problems are compounded when children are involved and add additional emotional issues that can led to severe complications for both parents and children.
In today's world of blended families, adoption of a child by a step-parent in Massachusetts has become common as parents strive to form cohesive and stable family units.