The Defense Department announced that military retirees and survivors will receive an increase in their pay and annuities in 2019.
Little in military spouse life is more confusing than trying to figure out where, exactly, you're from. More than just a conversation starter, the answer can dictate a world of decisions, including where to register your car, where to vote in elections and, perhaps most importantly, where to file state taxes.
Military marriages in Massachusetts experience strains and stresses in greater capacity than other marriages due to the complications that their jobs put on both spouses. Though these marriages can be extremely stressful and difficult, the overall divorce rate among both male and female service members only averaged 3 percent in 2017. To be more precise, about 21,290 of 689,060 married troops divorced in 2017. The divorce process for members of the military is relatively uniform to those who are not in the service. The main difference for these individuals is how to divide their retirement plans.
The changes build on the existing Post-9/11 GI Bill, and the most talked about change is the one that removes the 15 year time limit for people to use their GI Bill benefit. For this reason, the new changes are being referred to as the "Forever GI Bill."
Domestic violence officially become a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice under the defense authorization act.
Taking the high road in a Massachusetts divorce is not easy. As a matter of fact, it might seem downright unfair, and even stupid sometimes. Why would you ever want to do anything good, or fair, or nice to someone who just destroyed your family, your dreams, and your heart? If you have kids, the obvious reason is to do it for their sake. Because whether you like it or not, you and your ex are going to be your kids' parents forever. The better the two of you get along, the easier your divorce will be on your kids. It really is that simple. The second reason for taking the high road in divorce is less obvious, but it is no less important. You can divorce your spouse. But you can never divorce yourself. After your divorce is over, you are going to have to look in the mirror every single day and face yourself. You - who you are and what you stand for - is far more valuable and far more important than acting in a way you will later be ashamed of or regret. In the long run, your integrity is worth more than the extra dollars you may get in your divorce settlement if you lie, cheat, or act like a jerk. You have already lost your marriage. Don't let your divorce cost you your soul, too. Here are 10 ways to taking the high road in divorce:
1. Treat your spouse with respect, even if s/he doesn't deserve it.
Couples in the midst of a Massachusetts divorce often face difficult decisions regarding taxes. One of them is whether to file a tax return as "married filing jointly" or "married filing separately." This article briefly examines the factors to consider in making what could prove a critical choice during a divorce.