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What are the steps to take to collect child support?

Those in Massachusetts who wish to receive child support from an absent parent have to lay the groundwork first. Below are some tips from the Department of Health and Human Services for those seeking child support.

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.

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.

What are the penalties for not paying child support?

Failing to pay court-ordered child support payments in Massachusetts can lead to multiple consequences. The state has a number of administrative remedies which it can employ in order to collect the ordered payments from people who are not paying what is owed.

Alimony factors in Massachusetts divorce cases

Courts in each state have their own guidelines for assigning alimony when couples cannot reach a divorce agreement on their own. In Massachusetts, the court will look at a range of factors, from the length of a marriage to whether each party has health insurance. Alimony will not always be part of a divorce settlement and spouses should understand what will influence a court's decision to best prepare for the decision.

Massachusetts couples can retain control in divorce

Massachusetts residents undergoing a divorce may feel that remaining in control during the process is akin to riding a roller coaster -- one minute you're on top of the precipice, the next, you're plunging into an abyss. If you feel that you're losing your grip, try these tips to take back control of your life.

Avoiding audits for Massachusetts tax filers

Tax filers in Massachusetts, as across the nation, are once again gathering W-2s, tracking down receipts and counting off deductions as we approach the deadline of April 15 to file our federal income taxes. As the wise sage Benjamin Franklin once quipped, "nothing is certain but death and taxes: but at least death doesn't get worse every year."

Alimony - it's not just for women anymore

Not so many years ago, the wife was the one who customarily sought support from her ex-husband during divorce proceedings. But a new trend on the divorce scene is the husband seeking, and receiving, alimony, something that would have been almost unheard of a generation ago.

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