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

The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

There are sure to be many financial ramifications for married same-sex couples across the United States after the Supreme Court’s decision this summer in the case of United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage federally as being between one man and one … Continue reading The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

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