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December 2017 Archives

Police charge Massachusetts man with 4th DUI

Multiple drunk driving arrests can have serious criminal consequences for drivers. The potential jail time and associated fines typically increase with each DUI conviction, and defendants usually stand to lose their driving privileges for long periods of time. A Massachusetts man was recently arrested for what police said was his fourth drunk driving offense.

Family law will feel the impact of tax changes

In marriage, it is not uncommon for one spouse to earn significantly more than the other. Sometimes one partner chooses to stay home to raise children, or accept a lower-paying position that allows them to spend more time with family. While this can work out well during marriage, it can negatively impact a person's ability to financially support themselves after divorce. Alimony is an important aspect of Massachusetts family law that helps address this issue, but changes to the tax laws could affect these payments.

Parenting time being violated? It could be parental alienation

There are many serious matters that must be addressed during a divorce, but for Massachusetts parents, none may be quite so important as child custody. Tensions can easily run high as parents try to figure out how parenting time factors into their child custody agreement. Unfortunately, some parents take things too far, and begin alienating the other parent.

Bill would change punishment for first-time OUI offenders

Operating-under-the-influence convictions can have serious implications. Currently, Massachusetts state law requires that people with at least two previous OUI convictions install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. These devices act as Breathalyzers and prevent drivers from turning on their vehicle if any alcohol is detected. If a new bill passes, first-time OUI offenders would have to install IIDs on their cars.

Tips for Massachusetts parents: Minimizing the impact of divorce on kids

As a parent, you undoubtedly consider the well-being of your kids to be the most important thing in your life. Should you and the other parent decide to divorce, you probably have concerns about how the end of your marriage will affect your children.

Family law: Can I get Social Security on an ex's work record?

There is little denying the financial impact that a divorce can have on a person's life. However, rather than dissuade those in Massachusetts who are interested in filing, it should instead encourage them to be more vigorous in their approach. Considering all possible financial aspects of a divorce -- including possible Social Security benefits -- and how they apply to family law can help ensure that both parties find sure financial footing after a divorce.

Bill could lower felony theft crimes threshold

Possible changes to Massachusetts state law could mean big changes for how larceny charges are  prosecuted. Theft crimes -- also referred to as larceny -- are classified as either a misdemeanor or felony based upon the value of the stolen property. Currently, anything worth more than $250 is considered a felony, and but a current bill could change things.

Involuntary manslaughter and other violent crimes carry penalties

Massachusetts defendants are sometimes understandably confused by the charges filed against them. This can be particularly upsetting when the criminal charges are for serious matters, such as violent crimes. Involuntary manslaughter is one such charge that often leaves defendants confused and worried about their future.

What are grounds for child custody modification in Massachussetts?

Ending a marriage is a stressful and intimidating process, perhaps especially when kids are involved. As a parent, you consider the well-being of your children to be of the utmost importance, and your top priority is undoubtedly to pursue a child custody agreement that keeps their best interests at heart.

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