What You Need to Know about Massachusetts Child Support

Massachusetts has enacted new child support guidelines as of August 1, 2013 and they shall be applied to all child support orders and judgments entered after the effective date. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that these guidelines apply in all cases establishing or modifying a child support order. In establishing these guidelines, due consideration has been given to the following principles: 1) to minimize the economic impact on the child’s standard of living; 2) to promote joint parental responsibility for child support in proportion to, or as a percentage of, income; 3) to meet the child’s survival needs in the first instance, but to the extent either parent enjoys a higher standard of living, to entitle the child to enjoy that higher standard; 4) to protect a subsistence level of income of parents at the low end of the income range whether or not they are on public assistance;
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Reasons For Spousal Support/Alimony Modification

Prior to the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 there was no statute in MA to guide lawyers, judges and litigants on who was entitled to alimony, who could be ordered to pay, how much and for what period of time.  As a result it was up to the lawyers and parties to try and negotiate and it would be up to the individual judges to decide on a case by case basis if the parties could not agree.   However, today, Massachusetts has enacted legistalion, which provides lawyers, judges and litigants with a clear guide for who can be entitled to receive alimony, who may be obligated to pay it, the potential term of an alimony award as well as the potential amount.  In order to investigate your rights relative to alimony in Massachusetts you should seek the skillful analysis of a lawyer who is well versed in family law and the alimony statute. There are many reasons why
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Choosing the Right Drunk Driving Defense Attorney – Because Everyone Makes Mistakes Sometimes

The consumption of alcohol has been around since almost the beginning of time. Even in ancient times wine was a favorite beverage. Alcohol is so popular, songs have been written about it. But one thing they didn’t have back in the days of Roman empires and ruthless kings were automobiles. If one had too much to drink they didn’t worry about driving while under the influence. But in today’s world driving after a few drinks is a crime. But everyone makes mistakes sometimes and one day you may innocently find yourself looking up drunk driving defense attorneys. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above. People often ask how many drinks that percentage equals but there is no simple answer. BAC will depend on many factors such as: the weight of the drinker, when, how much and if
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Massachusset’s new Alimony Law and how it could affect You

The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act was signed into law in 2011 and became effective a little over a year ago. This law brought about sweeping new changes in the way alimony is awarded in the state, and many orders issued prior to its enactment could be modified as a result. One of the biggest changes brought about by this act was the length of time a spouse may receive alimony. In the past, alimony was sometimes awarded for an indefinite period even when marriages lasted less than 20 years. The current law requires couples to have been legally married for at least 20 years before alimony will be awarded indefinitely. Those who were married less than that amount of time may receive spousal support for a period of time ranging from 50% to 80% of the number of months married depending on the length of the union. Alimony may be
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What You Need to Know Before Your Divorce in Massachusetts

A divorce can be an extremely difficult period for individuals. But if you proceed with your divorce without knowing how the laws apply to you, your stresses can become legal and financial boondoggles that disrupt your life completely. For Massachusetts residents, here are two important areas of divorce law you should be aware of: Property Division In compliance with the General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 208-27, property is divided based on the vocational skill or employment capability of each spouse, the contribution of each spouse to the home, the necessities of each party for capital, the length of the marriage, the conduct of each spouse throughout the marriage, and the age and physical health of each spouse. If you are the primary source of income in the marriage, for example, you may find that your spouse is the primary beneficiary of the settlement.
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Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES Reference: Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Worksheet Preamble These guidelines shall take effect on January 1, 2009 and shall be applied to all child support orders and judgments entered after the effective date. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that these guidelines apply in all cases establishing or modifying a child support order. Existing orders and judgments less than three years old as of the effective date of these guidelines shall not be modified unless the income of one or both parties has changed or other new circumstance warrants modification. In recognition of the priority of the interests of the children of the Commonwealth, these child support guidelines are formulated to be used by the justices of the Trial Court, whether the parents of the children are married or unmarried, in setting temporary, permanent or final orders for current child support, in deciding whether to
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Massachsuetts Alimony Reform Act Summary

On September 26, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed An Act Reforming Alimony in the Commonwealth. The effective date of this Act is March 1, 2012. This Act makes significant changes to alimony law in Massachusetts.  According to the Boston Bar Association “This measure will bring consistency in alimony orders, throughout the Commonwealth, and put an end to lifetime alimony.”  Pursuant to the new law the amount of alimony should generally not exceed the recipient’s need or 30 to 35 percent of the difference between the parties’ gross incomes. Here is the actual text of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Law (opens in PDF) that was signed into law. Massachusetts Alimony Reform Law Summary Alimony Term Limits Long term marriages (more than 20 years): Alimony will end at retirement age as defined by the Social Security Act. 5 years or less: Maximum Alimony term is 50% of the number of months of
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What to do if you have been pulled over for OUI/DUI/DWI in Massachusetts

By Massachusetts OUI Defense Attorney Damian Riddle There are a few simple things you should keep in mind if you have been pulled over in MA for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It is easy to get arrested for this offense. All the police need to establish is probable cause. Operation of your motor vehicle As soon as you see the blue lights go on or some other indication by the police that they want you to pull over, you should do so as quickly and safely as possible. You want to avoid an allegation by the police that you failed to stop for them or tried to out run them, and you also want to avoid an allegation that you pulled over to quickly by slamming on your brakes or that you pulled up on to a curb or didn’t pull over far enough
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