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Child support can be deducted from Social Security benefits

Social Security income is usually safe from garnishment for debts such as credit cards or other unpaid personal debts. However, for those who owe back child support in Massachusetts and most other states, certain types of Social Security income can be garnished to repay this type of debt.

A wife's serious illness raises the chance of divorce

Even though Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the nation, it is worth taking note of the factors that can influence the likelihood of divorce for any couple. A recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that divorce was 6 percent more likely for couples in which the wife had a serious illness. When the ill spouse was the husband, on the other hand, the chance of divorce did not increase.

Non-custodial moms may be worse at paying child support

Massachusetts parents may be interested to learn that of the $14.3 billion in unpaid child support in 2011, 32 percent of custodial fathers failed to receive any of the child support they had been awarded versus 25 percent of custodial mothers. The assertion, backed by information from the U.S. Census Bureau, suggests that common beliefs about child support and who does and does not pay may be in error.

Divorce and health care professionals

People in Massachusetts might be interested in a recently-published study that shows that doctors are less likely to divorce than are other workers both in the health care industry and in other professions. This result may be somewhat surprising to some, given the stereotype long held by many that a doctor's long hours and associated work stress would lead to a higher rate of divorce.

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