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Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding Posted on Apr 20

Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding

If you’re planning your dream wedding in the Bay State, congratulations! Whatever your theme or guest list — should you invite Aunt Edna or your second cousin Joe? — there are a few things you’ll need to do before the big day to make sure   …Continue Reading Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding

Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Posted on Apr 5

Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs that provide resources, respite, and support to help these families. According to DDS,   …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Opioid Misuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know Posted on Mar 15

The number of annual deaths related to opioid use in Massachusetts more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2015, according to the Department of Public Health (DPH). Parents should be aware that young people are at high risk of becoming involved in this fatal epidemic. According to DPH and   …Continue Reading Opioid Misuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know

How To Legally Change Your Name in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 15

How To Legally Change Your Name in Massachusetts

Everyone has the right to legally change their name, as long as the request is not inconsistent with the public interest. When you change your name as an adult, you’ll need to go through a court proceeding. If the court allows your petition, you will receive   …Continue Reading How To Legally Change Your Name in Massachusetts

Celebrate Black History Month with These Historical Tours and Trails Posted on Feb 8

Celebrate Black History Month with These Historical Tours and Trails

One way to commemorate Black History Month this February is to learn about and recognize the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a list of Black History Month resources, including walking tours and heritage   …Continue Reading Celebrate Black History Month with These Historical Tours and Trails

Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter Posted on Jan 11

Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter

Winter is here, but your outdoor adventures don’t have to end. There’s a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored in Massachusetts state parks, Wildlife Management Areas, and forests. Whether you’re interested in hunting, fishing, or camping, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Fish and   …Continue Reading Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter

3 Activities to Keep You Moving this Winter Posted on Dec 21

3 Activities to Keep You Moving this Winter

Another New England winter is rolling in with snow, ice, and more snow. But you don’t have to go into hibernation just because the temperature drops. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a number of winter activities can help you stay fit. Between   …Continue Reading 3 Activities to Keep You Moving this Winter

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement Posted on Oct 26

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement

The first part of this child support series focused on how to arrange a child support order and how to make and receive payments in Massachusetts. However, in some cases, you may need to change or enforce your order. The Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division (DOR/CSE)    …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments Posted on Oct 19

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments

Creating a child support plan is a top concern for most separated or divorced parents in Massachusetts. Figuring out your child support responsibilities and learning how the payment process works can help you create a plan that is best for your child. The Department of Revenue   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts! Posted on Oct 12

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

The pumpkin is a well-known symbol of fall in New England. Whether you love carving jack-o’-lanterns or baking delicious fall-themed desserts, pumpkins are a staple of the season. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S.   …Continue Reading It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!