Ideally, a couple who decides to end their marriage will agree on all necessary decisions and will part amicably. Unfortunately, as many Massachusetts residents going through or about to begin the divorce process know, this scenario does not often ring true. Divorcing parents often experience difficulty during and following a divorce when trying to raise their children in a happy, healthy environment. However, while co-parenting is likely the optimum solution for most, one expert suggests parallel parenting as a viable alternative toward this goal.
By now, many Massachusetts residents know about the new tax rules regarding alimony due to kick in as the clock strikes midnight New Years Eve. For decades, alimony payments have been tax deductible for the payer and taxable income for the payee. Many people considering divorce or in the process have known for some time that this situation will change as of Jan. 1, 2019, resulting in a rush, in some cases, to get a final settlement in place before the deadline. However, an expert says that divorcing couples who miss the deadline should consider other areas of tax law that are changing as of the new year.
In most cases, a divorcing Massachusetts couple has a number of decisions to make before the split is finalized. Some people may be surprised to learn that for many couples, the divorce process includes a discussion around living arrangements for family pets. As seven out of 10 U.S. households own a pet, more and more divorcing people are faced with this sometimes complicated situation. Pet owners should become familiar with the basics of pet custody law, although like child custody, individual circumstances dictate treatment and outcome of each case.
Many Massachusetts residents consider walking an effective form of transportation with many benefits: it's cost-effective, a good form of exercise and relatively safe. However, sometimes, a pedestrian's safety is compromised by unexpected circumstances. This was the case recently when a man accused of driving under the influence collided with two pedestrians, causing personal injury to both.
When a couple decides to separate, no matter the circumstances, emotions are typically running on high. When that couple also has children, they may find it especially challenging to put those emotions aside when making custody decisions throughout the divorce process. However, doing so will only benefit all parties involved, particularly the children. For Massachusetts couples who are engaged in a child custody dispute, here are a few points to keep in mind to ease the process.