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.
Massachusetts grandparents enjoy a pretty solid reputation and for good reason. They're praised in numerous studies for their positive influence on their grandchildren's development and often provide crucial, and cost-effective/free childcare for struggling parents. So it's generally accepted that families benefit when kids live close to their grandparents.
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.
Massachusetts grandparents who work and are also raising grandchildren might benefit from the earned income tax credit. The IRS encourages these grandparents to find out, not guess, if they qualify for this credit. This is important because grandparents who care for children are often not aware that they could claim these children for the EITC.
As opioid use in Massachusetts sky-rockets, the Family Courts are seeing an increase in guardianship of minor proceedings. Usually families prefer to keep the child with a family member rather than in the foster care system when the parent is involved with opioid use.
In the case, Guardianship of V.V., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that biological parents in private guardianship cases now have the right to free legal counsel in the probate court. In contrast, who will represent the guardian?
In the case, Guardianship of V.V., the Supreme Judicial Court was faced with the issue of whether a parent whose minor child is the subject of a guardianship proceeding pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, § 5-206, and who cannot afford counsel, has a right to have counsel appointed and to be so informed.