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Massachusetts Parents Use 529 Plans to Pay For College Education

The decision to save for your Massachusetts' kid's college education seems like aCollege Planner.jpg no-brainer. Considering how expensive tuition is these days (the average cost for a degree at a four-year private college is $138,960, according to the College Board), parents capable of doing so want to put money aside to secure their child's academic and eventually professional future and to help their kids avoid student loan debt.

Adult Children Actually Cost Massachusetts Parents More Than Babies

Massachusetts kids are expensive, but while conventional wisdom usually suggestsCollege kids.jpg that they'll cost the most when they're small, a new survey is suggesting that isn't exactly true. In actuality, most parents say quite the opposite, as the survey found that parents actually spend way more money on their adult children than they do on babies.

Does Having Kids Increase Your Chances of Massachusetts Divorce?

Having kids is seen as an integral part of a Massachusetts' married couple's life; itBabies.jpg marks the transition from just marriage and living together to, well, being parents. It's a shift that's been explored in pop culture for ages now, because it's come to symbolize the moment that your family really begins to form.

Massachusetts Divorce + Child Custody Battle = Epic Failure

Important to keep in mind that Massachusetts divorced parents are still in aChild Custody 5.jpg relationship, frequently lasting many years. But just because a couple didn't get it right while married, they can still have a respectful parenting relationship after divorce, right? Not very often. With all the bitterness and anger surrounding divorce, children frequently become POWs in the civil war of a custody battle.

Where Does All That Massachusetts Child Support Money Go?

You'd be surprised. A lot of people hand over a pretty big chunk of change eachChildren Hands.jpg and every month to someone who gets it tax-free. That's right, the recipient of child support gets the money tax-free. On a related note, the person paying does not get to write it off their taxes.

If You Do One Thing For Your Massachusetts Kids, Plan For Your Death

Definitions of a "good Massachusetts father" are as varied as there are goodEstate Planning 4.jpgfathers, but one thing everyone agrees with is that a good father is a responsible person. A father takes care of his children and keeps, to the best of his abilities, the world around his children in working order. Responsibility is the backbone of parenting, and in a society such as ours, where definitions of masculinity are entwined with notions of leadership and authority, a father is expected to leave no loose ends, nothing overlooked.

9 Strategies For Making A Blended Family Blend in Massachusetts

Is your blended family just like The Brady Bunch? Probably not, because it's notFamily 25.jpgeasy to combine two Massachusetts families into a new unit. Welcoming a new spouse brings with it an explosion of stress-inducing newness, with new stepchildren, new rules, new demands, new religious practices and more. Though you'll have extra challenges as a blended family, creating a lovely, peaceful home is attainable.

Childcare Costs in Massachusetts on the Rise

As you undoubtedly know, the cost of raising kids in Massachusetts and across the U.S. is rising steadily. A significant part of that expense is due to increases in childcare costs. But how much are American parents spending to have their kids looked after? Business Broker Network, an online marketplace for businesses up for sale, put together a set of maps that shows the average cost of childcare in every state. Spoiler alert: it's a lot.

How to Minimize Child Custody Problems After Massachusetts Divorce

Although you can't predict what will happen in Massachusetts custody cases, youChild Custody 8.jpg should draft standard language in custody agreements and court orders that will address common problems that arise in joint legal and physical custody situations. Doing so will help align parental expectations and minimize conflict for children.

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