Due to COVID-19, Massachusetts residents are experiencing difficult financial times. While there has been action by the government to ease financial burdens such as staying evictions and forbearing mortgage payments, the fact of the matter is that ensuring the receipt of child support during this time is critical.
In mid-April, the government began sending out direct payments to Massachusetts residents as part of the larger coronavirus stimulus package. While the money was much needed by those who lost income as a result of the pandemic, many are wondering whether there's a catch. Will the money be taxed later? Is it simply a tax refund advance that will need to be paid back next year?
Many Massachusetts divorcing parents put all their attention on helping their younger children cope while assuming their teenager will understand and adapt. Unfortunately studies have shown that in many cases teens will deal with divorce in more self-destructive and dangerous ways than younger children. Don't be misled by their seeming independence and self-sufficiency. Often, behind that mask lie deep insecurity, anxiety, mistrust and fear.
Is our down-turned economy having an effect on divorce in Massachusetts? While it's too early for statistical evidence, reports from marriage counselors and divorce attorneys around the globe are in agreement. They're finding many couples who were ready to call it quits are postponing the divorce decision due to financial reasons. In the U.S., with housing values at near-record lows, wide-ranging cuts in salaries and a dramatic rise in unemployment rates, many couples are just not divorcing because they are afraid they can't afford it.
Choosing a legal guardian - the person, or people, who, in the event of you andyour spouse's deaths, will take care of your Massachusetts children is one of the most difficult decisions Massachusetts parents must make when writing a will and planning their estate.
It seems the ripple effect of coronavirus has infected everything, and divorcing Massachusetts individuals are not immune. The most apparent impact is that most, if not all, courthouses are closed except for emergencies. This may delay your divorce, along with applications for temporary support and custody. There are other less obvious issues as well. Here are six areas you need to re-assess when going through a divorce, along with actions to prepare and protect yourself.
While most Massachusetts divorcing partners strive to make the divorce process as quick andpainless as possible, sometimes it's just not that easy. What do you do when things aren't going your way-your spouse wants more than his or her fair share of the assets, or proposed custody arrangements aren't agreeable to you, for example? Should you roll the dice and go to trial, letting a judge decide the issues? Or what if you just can't get your spouse to the negotiating table? Is continued litigation a good option?