Tax Implications of Divorce; Recent Tax Court Decisions Affirm Alimony Principles

In nearly every divorce, decisions will need to be made regarding property division, alimony, and child support.  For almost every decision, including alimony, there are important tax implications that must be considered prior to signing off on the financial terms of a divorce agreement. Alimony payments are tax deductible to the payor and taxable to … Continue reading Tax Implications of Divorce; Recent Tax Court Decisions Affirm Alimony Principles

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Vaughn-Martel Law’s Jessica M. Walsh Participates in Suffolk County Family Law Workshop

Attorney Jessica M. Walsh recently participated in a pilot program aimed at providing free legal advice to parents dealing with family law matters of any kind, regardless of whether they have actually filed a court case.  The Family Court Workshop is a joint initiative between the Honorable Judge Ordonez, Chief Justice of the Probate and … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law’s Jessica M. Walsh Participates in Suffolk County Family Law Workshop

A Brief Overview of Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

On August 1, 2013, updated Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines went into effect, and will remain in effect for the next four years.  The child support guidelines provide instruction and guidance to both recipients and payors of child support.  The new guidelines clarify the laws regarding support orders and modifications, and provide guidance to the courts … Continue reading A Brief Overview of Recent Changes to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

New Rules Will Simplify Certain Uncontested Family Court Matters

This summer, the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court announced changes to Rule 412 of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court.  These changes went into effect on August 1, 2013.  The changes to Rule 412 allow parties to jointly request modification of a judgment or order of the Probate and Family Court where: … Continue reading New Rules Will Simplify Certain Uncontested Family Court Matters

Federal Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program: What You Need to Know!

WHAT IS THE CHILDREN'S PASSPORT ISSUANCE ALERT PROGRAM, OR "PASSPORT LOOKOUT SYSTEM"? The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program ("CPIAP") is administered by the State Department and allows parents to register their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Department’s Passport Lookout System.  If a passport application is submitted for a child who … Continue reading Federal Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program: What You Need to Know!

Should Smoking Be A Factor In Determining Child Custody?

Smoking often makes headlines for its negative impact on health, but there is a growing trend whereby probate and family court judges are considering a parent’s smoking habit when making child custody arrangements. When any married or non-married couple with children separates, the probate and family court has jurisdiction to determine which parent will have … Continue reading Should Smoking Be A Factor In Determining Child Custody?

Lesbian Custody Battle: Florida Court Orders Birth Mother to Share Custody with Genetic Mother

As reported by the Orlando Sentinal, the 5th District Florida Court of Appeals has ruled that a birth mother must share custody of the child that was conceived with her lesbian partner's eggs, and that Florida' s laws relating to egg donation were unconstitutional as applied to the two women. By way of background, the … Continue reading Lesbian Custody Battle: Florida Court Orders Birth Mother to Share Custody with Genetic Mother