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November 2015 Archives

Divorce can be more difficult for same-sex couples

Divorce is often described as one of the most stressful events that can occur in two people's life. This stress is even further multiplied if children are involved. Despite the challenges, millions of people continue to seek and work through their divorce so that they may live a happier lifestyle. For same-sex couples living in Massachusetts, divorce could be even more difficult due to complicated state's rights.

What are the federal tax implications for alimony?

Many divorce settlements and court orders will include provisions for spousal support ("alimony") and child support. Aside from questions of how these amounts are to be calculated, and additional consideration must be how each of the spouses must treat alimony sums with regard to federal and Massachusetts tax laws. This post provides a brief introduction to how the Internal Revenue Service considers alimony for federal tax purposes.

Income inequality, alimony and divorce

Experts agree, the family structure in Massachusetts and throughout the United States is changing. A high school degree is no longer enough to land a well-paying blue collar position that promises a cushioned life. These economic shifts impact more than the number of people who are living at and below the poverty line, they also impact divorce cases, when disparity of income applies.