Category: Divorce Financials

Fixating on the amount of your Massachusetts child support may not be the best idea. Note:  This article originally appeared in the October/November 2015 issue of New England Woman Magazine. If you are considering a divorce, or already divorced, you may be wondering about returning to work, getting a new job or even just increasing […]

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During your Massachusetts divorce (or a post-divorce issue such as a child-support modification), it makes sense to understand your employee benefits, and those of your spouse or former spouse.  Interestingly, we find that some people are unfamiliar with their employee benefits, whether it is the various health insurance options or something else. This post covers the […]

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An issue that comes up frequently involves a client that has been out of the workforce, but is feeling some pressure – either internal, from another person, or both – to go back to work.  If a divorce is looming, or even in-process or finished, and you find yourself in this situation, should you go […]

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Although most people are somewhat familiar with child support and alimony, there is a third category of support that you may not be familiar with.  Unallocated family support doesn’t get much attention compared to the more common forms of support. It is a combination of child support and alimony, but receives the same tax treatment […]

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Are child support and alimony taxable? Can you deduct your support payments? The cost of child support and alimony are important elements of many Massachusetts divorce cases.  When thinking about the types of support you might receive or pay, understanding the tax implications is crucial.   For higher-income families, some divorce agreements or even temporary […]

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Attribution of income is a relatively common issue in Massachusetts child support cases, whether as part of your divorce or a post-divorce modification.  Besides child support cases, attribution of income can also be a factor in alimony cases.  Alimony is also known as spousal support. Attribution of income occurs when the court makes a finding […]

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Divorced parents paying for college? The combination of divorce and college expenses is full of potential traps. Paying for college is challenging for families under the best of circumstances.  When you add divorce into the mix, including the additional expenses of maintaining two households, budgets may stretch to the max. Now that I made you […]

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Quick Review Before ESOPs Explained During your Massachusetts divorce, one important part of the process is the Equitable Division of Property.  In my work as a lawyer and divorce mediator, I’ve noticed that clients seem to have a lot of misconceptions about dealing with property during divorce.  Property includes three major types – real property, […]

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I like to Move It Move It!   If you have kids, you probably remember this song from the movie Madagascar.  What does this pop tune have to do with your divorce? As a divorce lawyer and mediator, I’ve seen cases completed efficiently, while others drag on and accrue high legal fees.  Certainly the attorney you […]

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Asset or Liability? A leased automobile is considered a liability. When you lease a vehicle, it is yours to use until the lease expires. For this, you make a monthly payment. You never actually own the car, and when the contract ends, you must take it back to the dealer who leased it to you […]

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