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Can child support take your tax refund?

The state of Massachusetts takes child support collection seriously. If you owe back child support, you should expect to see it taken out of your tax return. The state has the right to petition the Bureau of Fiscal Service, which issues the refunds, to request a deduction based on your owed back child support, according to the IRS.

Are fathers facing bias in family court?

It has long been said that fathers get treated badly in family courts in Massachusetts. There are many people who believe that dads do not get the same level of respect for their involvement in their children's lives. It is even thought that courts automatically award custody to mothers unless the fathers can prove they are unfit. These are outdated ideas and not likely what is actually happening in family court.

Looking at the bright side of divorce

Often, when people think about or discuss divorce, negativity is associated with their thoughts and comments. While divorce can certainly be difficult, especially for those who are unable to secure an outcome in their favor, there may be benefits associated with the divorce process for certain people as well. For example, someone in an abusive relationship might be able to find peace and safety, while someone who simply was not happy in the marriage might feel a sense of freedom.

Should I worry about identity theft after divorce?

Various concerns may arise after ending a marriage, whether they involve childcare responsibilities or marital property. Having said that, those which are financial in nature can be especially difficult, from spousal support responsibilities to child support. Furthermore, some people may fall victim to identity theft at the hands of their former spouse, who may have access to accounts or key details about a person’s identity. If you are concerned about your former spouse stealing your identity, whether you have already divorced or are in the early phases of the process, it is vital to protect yourself.

Unique divorce challenges facing military families

Family law cases can be complex for an assortment of reasons, but they can be even more complicated for certain people. For example, those who are in the military or have a spouse who is serving may face additional challenges as they try to navigate through the divorce process. Our law firm is sensitive to these difficulties and we understand the stress you may be trying to work through if you are in this position yourself.

Divorce, retirement, and other life changes

There are a myriad of ways that life can change, from the birth of a child to the loss of a loved one. However, if you decide to file for a divorce or retire, your daily life could be completely upended. Our firm knows how difficult various issues concerning divorce can be, especially for those who are already facing stress and uncertainty due to retirement. As a result, you should take a careful look at any family law matters that are relevant to you, from property division and child custody to alimony and child support. If you have a solid understanding of the divorce issues that will arise, you may be in a better position to secure an end result that is more favorable.

Social media problems and divorce

In recent years, social media usage has skyrocketed. Now, many people are connected to friends, family members, and even strangers online and it has become very easy to share information. Unfortunately, some people choose to share information that can harm others, including themselves. If you are in the middle of a divorce, it is a good idea to be aware of the different ways that social media could influence the outcome of your case. We know all too well how social media behavior can affect families and believe that those working through family law matters should be careful with regard to what they share on the internet.

Divorce and your child's college education

There are many facets of divorce to consider, especially if you have children. From child support to custody, it is vital to prepare for the different ways that ending your marriage could change your child's life. In fact, even if you have an older child who is already in college or preparing for college, your decision to divorce could affect them in different ways. As a parent, it is important to be prepared to help your child and understand your responsibilities.

Handling a serious illness during divorce

There are many different factors that can make family law matters and the divorce process more complicated, some of which have been discussed on this blog. For example, with children returning to school and questions that arise during the holidays, certain times of year can present additional divorce-related concerns for people in Boston and across Massachusetts. Unfortunately, if you are suffering from a serious illness, you may find that the divorce process seems even more challenging. However, it is essential to do what you can to prevent your illness from creating additional challenges due to negative outcomes in the courtroom.

Understanding the importance of communication during divorce

When it comes to the end of a marriage, many different challenges can rear their heads. For example, a couple may find themselves involved in a contentious standoff or people may worry that they will lose property they care about or their ability to visit their children. However, our law firm knows that there are certain ways that people going through a divorce may be able to make things easier, in certain instances. For example, some families in Boston could find value in communicating with each other, especially if children are involved.

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