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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.

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.

Child custody is a serious family law matter

There are many things to consider when filing for divorce, including asset division, alimony and more. However, for many Massachusetts parents, figuring out custody can be one of the most emotionally strained aspects of ending a marriage. Although parents typically want what is best for their children, family law provides guidance to ensure that their best interests are respected and maintained.

Grey's Anatomy star temporarily settles family law matters

One of the stars of the popular TV show "Grey's Anatomy" recently finalized what had been a contentious divorce. Jesse Williams agreed to pay child support and alimony as part of the resolution, both of which are common family law outcomes in Massachusetts. He and his ex-wife also reached a temporary custody arrangement regarding their two children.

Abusive spouses may manipulate court to get custody

In some divorces, the children end up in the middle of a power struggle. Parents who otherwise love their children lose sight of the positive qualities their co-parents have and focus instead on denying their ex-spouses custody just to get even or cause pain. In the best of these cases, the parents resolve their issues, and the children benefit from an arrangement of equal custody.

The school year, family law and co-parenting

School is back in session in much of the country now, including here in Leominster. As the kids get reacquainted with each other, acquainted with their teachers and familiar with what will be expected of them during the year, many parents are attempting to implement their school year co-parenting. When it comes to family law issues regarding the children, parents may need to take some time to make sure their plans will work and that both parents on the same page. 

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