Is “Divorce Monday” Real?

Well, the holidays are over and the champagne has gone flat. The Monday of the first full week in January is known as “Blue Monday” – officially, the most depressing day of the year.  Blue Monday was originally identified in 2005 by academic Cliff Arnall and has continued to be analyzed and studied in recent … Continue reading Is “Divorce Monday” Real?

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Vaughn-Martel Law Attorneys Walsh and McNeil Make Boston Magazine’s 2013 List of ‘Rising Stars’

Congratulations to Attorneys Jessica M. Walsh and Emily Towne McNeil, who were both recognized as 'Rising Stars' by Boston Magazine in its 2013 list of Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law Attorneys Walsh and McNeil Make Boston Magazine’s 2013 List of ‘Rising Stars’

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

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?

A House of Cards: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Cracks Down on Debt Settlement Industry

As reported by USA Today ("N.Y. Mission Debt Settlement Firm Charged With Fraud"), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has charged the owner of Mission Settlement Agency and three of its employees with fraud and conspiracy.  The article explains: "As alleged, Mission preyed upon the financial desperation of people around the country who — like so … Continue reading A House of Cards: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Cracks Down on Debt Settlement Industry

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