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February 2018 Archives

Actor and musician end 20-year relationship

Perhaps best known for her role as Cher in the teen comedy "Clueless" from years ago, Alicia Silverstone has maintained a relatively low profile for someone engrained in the highly visible entertainment industry. In fact, she and her husband, musician Christopher Jarecki of the punk band S.T.U.N., have been together for 20 years and have been married for six of them. Just recently, the couple decided to end their union and separate their lives from each other.

Religion may be addressed in a child custody plan

Oftentimes, when two people of differing faiths join together in marriage, they discuss how they will either retain their separate religions or find ways to unify themselves under one particular religious system. It is not uncommon for married people to be divided not only into separate religious practices, but for some faithful individuals to marry people who have no religious beliefs at all. These relationships can and do work but often become complicated when the married parties have children.

Know your rights when dividing your marital estate

It seems fair that a person should be entitled to keep that which they earn. That is to say, a Massachusetts resident may believe that they should get to take from their marriage the financial contributions that they make to it during the years they are bound to their spouse. This is not the case in many divorces, as courts must balance the equities of the partners and assess how each contributed to the success of the relationship over the course of its lifetime.

Tax implications for alimony may impact divorces

The federal government recently passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping law that impacts many parts of the current tax code. While some Massachusetts residents may have concerns over what the law will do to their property taxes and how capital gains may be impacted, those contemplating divorce should be aware of one major change: alimony payments are no longer tax deductible.

3 ways to prepare for divorce mediation

Divorce is often a very complicated process that causes stress on the divorcing couple and their children. But, what if you and your future ex-spouse agree that you do not want to go through the litigation process? What if you are seeking ways to reduce the impact of your divorce on your children? You may already be considering alternatives to divorce litigation, such as mediation.

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