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Can I Date While My Divorce Is Pending?

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However, the longer answer requires considering the financial aspect of a divorce as well as custody and parenting issues. On the financial side of a divorce, there are two primary parts of a divorce: property division and support. In … Read More »



Health Insurance Coverage After a Divorce

Health Insurance DivorceIt is not uncommon during a marriage for one spouse to be the primary policyholder of a medical insurance plan and the rest of the family to be covered under that one plan. Typically, the plan is offered through that spouse’s employer. However, when spouses file for divorce, the question arises as to how will the other spouse, and also the children, be covered by medical insurance.

 

In Massachusetts, there are laws that require the policyholder spouse to continue to provide coverage to the children, and also to the other spouse, so long as coverage to the other spouse is available. In the common situation where an insurance policy is provided through a group plan offered by the policyholder’s employer, then pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws chapter 175, Section 110I, and Massachusetts General Laws chapter 176G, Section 5A, the policyholder spouse must continue this coverage, unless there is what is known as a “triggering event.” A triggering event is something that would cause a person to no longer be eligible for coverage under a specific medical insurance policy. With … Read More »



Can I Modify My Separation Agreement?

Can I Modify My Separation Agreement?It is not uncommon for a spouse to want to modify certain provisions of his or her Separation Agreement after a divorce. As time goes on, circumstances will most certainly change for the former spouses. However it is important that spouses make any changes through the Probate and Family Court, and not through a private agreement, as private agreements are not enforceable through the courts.

 

Before a spouse can seek a modification in the court, he/she must first ascertain if the provision he/she wants modified can be modified. In Massachusetts, Separation Agreements either “merge” or survive”. When a separation agreement “merges” it means that all provisions in the agreement may be modified through a Complaint for Modification, upon a showing of a material change in circumstances. When a separation agreement “survives” it means it has its own independent legal significance, and can only be modified in the rarest of circumstances. The courts have stated that there must be “countervailing equities” to modify a surviving agreement. Although the term “countervailing equities” has not exactly been defined by the court, … Read More »



Divorce and Taxes Can Be Complicated

divorce taxesGoing through a divorce can be a dramatic and trying time. Issues such as division of property, custody of children and family support are huge. And the decisions made to resolve these issues have a tax impact. It is important to know how you will be affected and take steps to minimize your tax liability.

The IRS doesn’t make it an easy chore. Even determining filing status can be complicated. A good rule of thumb is that your marital status at the end of the year determines your filing status.

If you are still married at the end of the year, in other words the divorce is in process but not yet final, you can still enjoy the tax benefits of filing married filing joint. However, you must both agree to this filing status. Otherwise, you will file married filing separate, which normally results in a higher tax to each filer but will protect you from the other spouse’s tax liability.

Taxpayers lose many benefits when electing the filing status of married filing separate. For example, both must elect to either take the standard deduction or itemize deductions. This could skew … Read More »



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