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

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

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!

Negotiating Health Insurance In Divorce: What You Need To Know

Health insurance has been a hotly debated and discussed topic in the media this year.  One aspect of the health insurance discussion that is rarely addressed is the cost of health insurance in the context of divorce proceedings.  In fact, as health care expenditures increase, health insurance has a growing role in child support determinations.  … Continue reading Negotiating Health Insurance In Divorce: What You Need To Know

Until Debt Do Us Part: Who Inherits Credit Card Debt?

It is safe to say that America is experiencing a debt crisis.  Most of us have at least one credit card balance that just doesn't seem to be going down!  So what happens to our credit card balances when we die? The good news is that, with some exceptions, surviving spouses and family members are … Continue reading Until Debt Do Us Part: Who Inherits Credit Card Debt?

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?

‘Til Death Do Us Part: State Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma

Background.  Since Massachusetts legally recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry in 2004, tens of thousands of couples from around Massachusetts and around the country have tied the knot here in the Commonwealth.  As we know, the status of marriage provides countless benefits to gay and straight couples alike in areas ranging from inheritance … Continue reading ‘Til Death Do Us Part: State Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma