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April 2015 Archives

Pets and divorce in Massachussetts

Although many people consider their pets to be a part of their family, courts view pets as personal property, subject to division in a divorce just like any other asset. Pet owners may fiercely litigate regarding who will be awarded their pets, and courts across the country have come up with often conflicting rulings regarding them.

Taxes and alimony deductions

Massachusetts residents who are either under an order to pay alimony or who receive it from their former spouses through court order or agreement need to be aware of how alimony is treated under federal income tax law. The IRS allows those who pay alimony to deduct the payments, while requiring those who receive it to report the amounts as income.

A look at the law surrounding grandparents' visitation rights

Massachusetts parents and grandparents interested in custody issues may wish to know more about how courts and state laws address grandparent visitation. When there is a dispute over visitation rights, state law may require unique circumstances in order to go against a parent's wishes.

Divorce and remarriage affect Social Security benefits

For residents of Massachusetts and other parts of the country, divorce and remarriage can have an impact on their rights to their ex-spouse's Social Security benefits. The United States Social Security Administration allows ex-spouses to collect Social Security and survivor benefits only under certain conditions. They have to have been married for at least 10 years and must remain single to keep receiving spousal benefits.

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