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

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Boston Landlords: Only Days Remain to Comply With New “Rental Inspection and Registration” Ordinance

Beginning August 31, 2013, landlords all over the City of Boston must register their rental units with the Inspectional Services Department, and comply with a mandated inspection and registration schedule. Previously, most rental units in Boston were inspected only in the event of a housing complaint or in the midst of a tenant-landlord dispute over … Continue reading Boston Landlords: Only Days Remain to Comply With New “Rental Inspection and Registration” Ordinance

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

Two Months After SCOTUS’s Landmark DOMA Ruling: Who is Married?

In June, 2013, the United States Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to be unconstitutional in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (Docket No. 12-307).  As a result, the federal government must treat same-sex married couples and opposite-sex married couples equally in its … Continue reading Two Months After SCOTUS’s Landmark DOMA Ruling: Who is Married?

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!

Amid Constitutional Challenge, A Chance For Same-Sex Couples to Recoup Overpayments in Taxes

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard two very important cases concerning the federal rights and benefits of LGBT individuals throughout the country.  In particular, the case of Windsor v. United States presents a very real opportunity for the Supreme Court to consider and possibly to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act … Continue reading Amid Constitutional Challenge, A Chance For Same-Sex Couples to Recoup Overpayments in Taxes

Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

As we all know, the Defense of Marriage Act disqualifies same-sex married couples from the innumerable federal benefits of marriage, including social security benefits.  At least two federal lawsuits are challenging the legality of DOMA, one of which is presently before the United States Supreme Court. Boston-based GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has … Continue reading Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

Vaughn-Martel Law’s Attorney Jessica M. Walsh Named to Massachusetts Domestic and Sexual Violence Council

Earlier this month, Attorney Jessica M. Walsh was voted into membership of the Massachusetts Domestic and Sexual Violence Council ("DSVC").  The DSVC is a Boston-based organization comprised of experienced lawyers and advocates, hailing from various law firms, legal service organizations, and community support centers in Massachusetts. The DSVC works to promote awareness of domestic and … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law’s Attorney Jessica M. Walsh Named to Massachusetts Domestic and Sexual Violence Council

Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

On November 6, 2012, voters in four states - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington - were asked to weigh in directly on the issue of same-sex marriages. For up to the minute updates on the results of these ballot measures, visit the Huffington Post's excellent maps and data. Voters throughout the nation on Tuesday voted … Continue reading Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

Manhattan Businessman Disinherits his Gay Son’s Children; Legal Challenge Filed

As reported over the weekend by the New York Post, the son of a well-known Manhattan businessman has challenged a provision in his father's will that disinherits his grandchildren unless they are born to a heterosexual married couple.  According to the New York Post: The edict surfaced in the will of Manhattan businessman Frank Mandelbaum, … Continue reading Manhattan Businessman Disinherits his Gay Son’s Children; Legal Challenge Filed