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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Can a tenant evict a roommate? Posted on Jun 30

We get asked this question at our library sometimes. If your roommate is terribly annoying, can you evict your roommate? No, unless you are subletting part of your apartment to your roommate, you cannot evict your roommate.  If the roommate is violating some aspect of   …Continue Reading Can a tenant evict a roommate?

Revised Child Support Guidelines Posted on Jun 29

The Massachusetts Trial Court has released new Child Support Guidelines which will take effect on August 1, 2013. According to Chief Justice Paula Carey, “These guidelines provide Trial Court judges with tools to determine child support in a way that is transparent and economically sound.   …Continue Reading Revised Child Support Guidelines

Endagered Species Protection: a history Posted on Jun 28

Endagered Species Protection: a history

The book Acting for Endangered Species: the statutory ark (2002, by Shannon Petersen) outlines the history of the protection of endangered species in the United States, from the 19th century through the 1990s, with a focus on the Engandered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, which is   …Continue Reading Endagered Species Protection: a history

Fact sheets on effects of the US Supeme Court’s gay marriage ruling Posted on Jun 27

Following the US Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, a number of national gay rights groups sent out a series of fact sheets which offer guidance to same-sex couples and their families on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):  bankruptcy;  benefits   …Continue Reading Fact sheets on effects of the US Supeme Court’s gay marriage ruling

Rule 412 of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court Amended Posted on Jun 27

Rule 412 on joint petitions for modification has been amended effective August 1, 2013. According to the Reporter’s Notes, the “Rule is expanded to allow parties to jointly request modification of a judgment or order of  the Probate and Family Court where the parties are   …Continue Reading Rule 412 of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court Amended

U.S. Supreme Court declares Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional Posted on Jun 27

Yesterday, in U.S. v Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstitutional by a 5-4 vote.  Same-sex couples with valid marriages in jurisdictions recognizing same-sex marriages will no longer be denied the many benefits available to married couples under federal law. The federal tax implications for these couples is   …Continue Reading U.S. Supreme Court declares Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

Protect Your Child’s Personal Information Posted on Jun 26

School’s almost out, and camp season is just around the corner. Whether your kids are attending a program for sports, arts, or education, there’s plenty of fun to be had this summer…and plenty of forms to be filled out. Summer program forms may require you   …Continue Reading Protect Your Child’s Personal Information

Motorcycle season, time to hit the road Posted on Jun 25

  Now that the good weather has finally come, the call of the open road is beckoning. For many people this means motorcycles. Once the province of Hells Angels and other motorcycle clubs, the increasing cost of gas as well as the feeling of freedom,   …Continue Reading Motorcycle season, time to hit the road

Old Deluder Satan Law Posted on Jun 22

Public education was made mandatory in Massachusetts on the early date of 1647 by the Old Deluder Satan Law, “it being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times keeping them in   …Continue Reading Old Deluder Satan Law

Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence Posted on Jun 20

On January 13, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law S. 2402, “An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault and Stalking.”  Chapter 402 of the Acts of 2012, amends Chapter 186 of the General Laws by adding seven sections.   …Continue Reading Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence