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Grandparent visitation can be complicated issue

If you’re a grandparent who dotes on your grandchildren, it would no doubt be devastating if you were denied access to them. Nonetheless, this gut-wrenching scenario plays out all the time. For example, let’s say your adult child passes away, leaving kids behind, and his or her surviving spouse decides it’s time to move on

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Important assets in divorce

Divorce can be difficult in so many ways. The breakup of a relationship that was supposed to be ‘til death do us part can be emotionally devastating. Depending on the circumstances, there can be a lot of pain, anger and recrimination. If there are kids, there’s an additional level of complexity. Then there’s the issue

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Retirement account can’t be protected in bankruptcy, court says

If you are divorced, your debts are out of control and you’re contemplating bankruptcy, you should know that certain retirement assets may not be safe from creditors if a recent decision from a federal appeals court is any indication. In that case, a husband received half the value of his ex-wife’s 401(k) when they got

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I’ve only been married for 2 weeks, am I eligible for an annulment?

In the state of Massachusetts, a court granted annulment means your marriage never legally happened. Each state’s legislative code sets specific guidelines for what constitutes an annullable marriage. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t annul a marriage based on a short duration. Massachusetts outlines seven specific grounds for annulment. In Massachusetts, annulments require your marriage

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Active military duty can create complexities for child support

If you’re divorced with kids and in the military reserves or National Guard, being called up for active duty can create complications for meeting your child-support obligations. There are several issues to be aware of. First, the military considers it your duty to meet your support obligations. That means the military can potentially discipline you

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When and how to talk to your adult children about your finances

If you’re like most people, you don’t like to contemplate your own mortality. After all, you’re enjoying life and if you’re in your 50s, 60s or even 70s, that’s not really considered very old these days. That feeling is why so many older Americans avoid talking to their adult kids about end-of-life issues such as

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