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Alimony and child support concerns

Being a parent who is going through a divorce tends to make the divorce process more difficult. Not only do Massachusetts parents have to worry about themselves and their own interests, but they must also worry about the best interests of their children. This can create conflict, stress and passionate disagreements that are difficult to resolve.

Massachusetts spouses can become stalking victims

If you are filing for divorce due to domestic violence, any interactions with your abusive spouse when dropping off and picking up the kids can be fraught with danger. Even if no violence occurs, it is still a time of heightened anxiety and stress.

Seeking extra child support for special needs children

The normal laws that govern child support in Massachusetts do not cover the unique requirements and costs associated with the care of a child with a disability. Depending on the circumstances of the special needs child for whom the support is intended, costs of care may include medications, equipment, special therapy, special school tuition and more. The routine rules and regulations that govern child support allotments simply do not cover these needs.

Tax ramifications of Massachusetts alimony payments

The deadlines for filing state and federal tax returns are looming. Many Massachusetts residents have already filed their returns. For those who have yet to do so, the website for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers taxpayers the rules regarding alimony or spousal support payments as income paid or received by state residents.

How can I be sure marital assets are valued fairly in divorce?

Massachusetts is not a community property state, which means that, during a divorce, marital property is divided equitably by the courts whenever the parties cannot reach accord on their own. However, it can be exceedingly difficult to make sure that you receive full value for your share of the marital assets if you do not know the true value of those assets in the first place. Below are some tips to help you determine value of marital assets that sometimes get overlooked.

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