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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.

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.

Why Women Initiate Divorce More Often Than Men in Massachusetts

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Social scientists have long acknowledged that women are more likely than men to initiate divorce. The trend continues steadily even with recent societal changes in gender relations, advances in women's opportunities and attitudes toward marriage itself.

Can You Be Forced to Move Out of Your House During a Massachusetts Divorce?

Moving out.pngOne question that is frequently asked is whether someone can put his/her spouse out of the home without his/her consent. When spouses cannot get along and at least one party realizes that they are headed toward separation or divorce, this issue must be addressed sooner or later.

Who Owns the Engagement Ring After a Breakup in Massachusetts?

Engagement Ring.jpgIn Massachusetts, an engagement ring is considered a conditional gift, given on the condition that the couple gets married. The normal expectation is that if the engagement is broken and the wedding doesn't occur, then the ring will be returned.

How Will My Criminal History Impact My Divorce?

Alcoholics annonymous.jpgPeople from all walks of life have criminal records. Some people have had a DUI. Others have had convictions for assault or theft. When these people get divorced, many of them wonder how their criminal record will impact their dissolution proceedings. Unfortunately, for purposes of this blog post the answer has to be that it depends. There are many circumstances that can impact how much weight and consideration the court will give a previous violation of the law when deciding on family law issues. Here are a few ways that your criminal record may affect your family law proceedings. As with all legal issues on this blog, it is best to speak with an attorney that knows the details of your case about how your criminal record may impact your dissolution proceedings.

Military Spouses: Do Not Overlook the Thrift Savings Plan as a Valuable Asset

Military 2.jpgThe military retirement system does not end with the pension and the survivor benefit plan. Not to be overlooked is the third deferred compensation attribute to the system, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). This can be a valuable asset in property division, potentially containing tens of thousands of dollars of marital funds. 

Safeguarding Inheritance During Divorce in Massachusetts

Have you inherited a home or heirloom from your family and wondering how to protect what is yours in the event you and your spouse decide to divorce in Massachusetts? What is considered separate versus marital property when determining property division in a divorce can vary depending on the circumstances unique to your situation. However, there are steps you can take to improve your outcome in the event of a divorce.

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