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How to draw on a former spouse's Social Security benefits

Some divorced people in Massachusetts might be able to draw Social Security based on their ex-spouse's benefits. This may be possible if the two were married for at least 10 years and the person who wishes to draw on their spouse's income would get less if they used their own Social Security benefits. Doing so does not reduce the benefits that the other person will receive. A person can draw up to half of their former spouse's benefits, but if they remarry, they will no longer be eligible unless that marriage ends in divorce, death or an annulment.

When a divorced parent moves away

Despite the best intentions of Massachusetts parents to remain in close proximity to one another for as long as their children are minors, there may be reasons one decides to move, including wanting to be nearer a new partner. However, even if the parent only moves a half hour away, this still represents a significant increase in commuting time for driving the child back and forth. If the relationship between the two parents is still contentious, the parent who has not moved might respond by simply refusing to keep driving the child.

The importance of enforcing child support payments

As the Federal Child Support Enforcement Program continues to improve, getting more money for more families within the system, the number of single-parent households involved with the program has dropped. In 2014, fewer than 50 percent of custodial parents who were eligible to have child support agreements had them in place. Many of these single parents in Massachusetts and throughout the country may have lower incomes than two-parent households, and this can have an impact on the quality of a child's life, according to reports.

Why millenials should have prenups

According to a nationwide survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an increasing number of millennials are signing prenuptial agreements before they get married. In fact, 51 percent of the AAML members that were surveyed stated that there was a significant rise in the number of millennials requesting prenuptial agreements. Millennial couples in Massachusetts who are considering getting married should also consider the reasons completing a prenuptial agreement may be wise.

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