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Robin S. Fleischer, Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC Guest Blog Post

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Have Changed Effective September 15, 2017

Are you ready for some good news about child support payments in Massachusetts?  That’s right, for once an attorney is sharing something positive about one of the most emotionally and financially minefield ridden parts of divorce – paying for the kids.

Drumroll please…On September 15, 2017, four major changes will take effect that offer relief and balance for both parents.

As with all legal changes, the language it written in legalese, but I have summarized the highlights below.

The Big Four Child Support Payment Issues

1.  An increase in the minimum amount paid for one child from $18.00 per week to $25.00 per week

2.  the payor parent now receives a twenty-five percent reduction in child support for children over age eighteen

3.  A cap on a parent’s Court-ordered contribution to college costs at fifty percent of the undergraduate, in state resident cost of UMass Amherst

4.  Parents will be able to receive a credit for the high cost of child care and health care by either parent receiving a credit to offset the above costs, capped at fifteen percent of the child support amount before the credit.

Further Applause to the Task Force

The new guidelines have done away with the confusion associated with hybrid parenting plans, where parenting time was unequal, often resulting in one parent deciding custody and parenting time based on the amount of child support to be paid or received. Now the figure is based on a rebuttable presumption that the children are living with the custodial parent approximately two-thirds of the time and the other parent one-third of the time.  If the parents share equal time, the support order is calculated twice, once with one parent as the recipient and the second with the other parent as the recipient.  The difference in the calculation becomes the weekly support amount.

There’s wiggle room too!  Not all orders need to be calculated by the Guidelines Worksheet

The Task Force was mindful that all families are different.  The Courts still have wide discretion to deviate from the guideline using factors based on the individual circumstances of each party and the children.   Page 3, Deviation, Section IV, of the form “Findings and Determinations of Child Support and Post-Secondary Education Form” list appropriate reasons to deviate from the calculated child support figure. 

What to Do about Orders Issued Prior to September 15, 2017? 

Contact your attorney to discuss whether a modification of any past child support is warranted as a result of the new changes and to discuss the effect on current or future support orders. 

The Task Force has recommended that parties consider agreeing to unallocated support in situations where alimony and child support are both at issue.  I will discuss this in more detail in future blog articles.  

To read the full text of the Guidelines as well as the Task Force Report and Economic Report, visit www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/family/child-support-guidelines.html.

I am optimistic that these changes will result in a more equitable support order in line with the increased cost child and health care as well as taking into consideration each parents’ personal economic abilities

Here’s to more future good news!

Contact Robin Fleischer:

Phone 978-871-2928 | Email robin.fleischer@robinfleischer.com | Website http://www.robinfleischer.com/

Meet Jim Cryan of Claddagh Light

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Artist Jim Cryan is a Painter and Photographer and focusing on landscape photography. He has always had a passion for capturing the beauty of nature. For almost 50 years, dating from 1967 when he acquired his first camera, he has been doing photographic studies of people, scenery, and antiquities. In August 2011 Jim retired from Apple Computer to spend full time doing the oil painting he so long wanted to concentrate on. He continues to have Giclee prints available at his studio.

In 2013, Jim began a new series of work based on recent travel in Vietnam and his time there in 1969-70. He is working with two english language schools, one in Saigon and one in Can Tho. 

Since 2015 Jim has been working in the NH Seacoast area doing oil painting studies and exihibitions.

Jim does do work on commission in Oils and Giclees of Irish Antiquities, Portraits, Decorating - Framing and show installations.

Contact Jim-

Phone:603-635-9071 | Email: jamescryan@me.com | Website: http://www.claddaghlight.com/

Ice Cream Social at Edward Jones in Westford, MA

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Auto Mechanic Wanted for shop in Lowell, MA

We are a small, clean and well organized independent shop with a good reputation and plenty of work. We have the latest scan tools, diagnostic and programming equipment. We are looking for a professional "B/C" level technician with the same qualities. 

Great pay

Open M-F NO SATURDAYS!!

Minimum qualifications as follows:

  • Minimum two years' experience in a busy shop environment
  • Must have own tools and tool box (Enough to complete common services)
  • Ability to work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic. 
  • Clean driving record with a valid driver's license
  • Ability to perform a full range of automotive services. 

Please email resume to John@JRAutoRepairs.com

Check out our great reviews on Yelp, and at Jrautorepairs.com

 

Meet Brian Gardner of Garner Graphics

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This is an age of visual response in an ever evolving market. For a company to grow and succeed in today’s market, graphic design has become a necessity. An iconic, instantly identifiable design is the surest way to boost any company’s business. Design and professional printing is used every day in advertising and insures an accurate representation of the company itself. But high quality work doesn’t have to break the bank.

Brian Gardner founded Gardner Graphics in Billerica, MA in 2010 and has been providing customer service that is second to none for all his clients. As far as Brian is concerned, the job is not done until the client is satisfied.

With affordable rates and an honest interest in their client’s business, Gardner Graphics strives to build lasting relationships while providing high quality work. Many clients are repeat customers and love referring other business owners. Testimonial comments include such words or phrases as "I have absolutely loved working with Gardner Graphics"  "This young man is exceptional in every sense of the word" "qualtiy" "professional.

Contact Brian for your Printing and Graphic needs!

Phone: 781-718-1138 | Email: Brian@gardnergraphics.biz | Website: http://www.gardnergraphics.biz/

 

Phone Sales (Hudson, NH)

Looking for a job in sales but have no experience? If you are energetic with a good phone personality and a positive attitude, keep reading. We will train the right person. We are a growing company, looking for someone to join our small team to learn about our business and our customers' needs, and regularly call old, current, and new potential customers. This position will also help to design and send out promotions via Constant Contact, email, and fax. If you are a friendly, well-spoken, quick-learner, with a drive to help customers and grow sales, please call and ask for Jeff for an initial phone interview. 978-957-35OO. Hours are M-F 7:30 am to 4 pm.

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

Short Term BookKeeper Position Available

Position: short term bookkeeper
Location: Virtual with maybe 1-2 meetings in person in the Arlington,MA area.
Pay: $25/hr

Background: A company I am working with receives grant funding and they need to prepare for an audit/review from a CPA firm, which we have lined up, so we need someone to help with the preparation. The basic tasks would include:

  • Migrating us from Freshbooks to Quickbooks online. (Transfer or recreate from bank transfer)
  • Working with the owner to reconcile, identify and categorize unidentified or incorrectly categorized transactions
  • Update transactions to the proper category and other data clean-up activity
  • Basically get us to the point where we can run the standard income statement, cash flow and balance sheet and feel good about the data and output

Contact: Jason Haviland 603-438-1874

Meet Amanda Houle of Sky Blue Learning

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Amanda L Houle is the founder and creator of Sky Blue Learning. She is an experienced and gifted teacher with over a decade of experience working with children. The power of early intervention is paramount. Amanda feels blessed and inspired each and every day to work hands on with parents and children to help them feel empowered and succeed, to give them the tools they need to thrive and make progress in the areas they need support. 

She has been working with kiddos and their families for close to 12 years. After a few short years graduating with a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University she hailed to Brooklyn, NY. Amanda graduated from Touro College with a Dual Masters Degree in General and Elementary Special Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. While in grad school Amanda worked privately, after graduating, and attaining her teaching license she began working as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) pushing into general education preschool settings. It was a contracted position through state agencies providing services to children ages 3-5 years old who qualified for services displaying 30% or below in 2/5 developmental domains always struggling with social emotional difficulties. Her work also consisted of collaborating with all team members, attending IEP meetings, writing IEP'S, and conducting developmental assessments to determine if they qualified for services. Working privately, contracted, and both in the homes and schools.

Specializing in In-Home behavioral therapy, she has seen firsthand the trans-formative results from hands on support. 

If your kiddo is between the ages of 1-16 years old Amanda is your gal.  She is also a licensed teacher in NH.

Get from wake-up to drop-off to bedtime without ever raising your voice.

Contact Amanda - Phone: 347-768-3971 | Email: amanda.skybluelearning@gmail.com | Website: https://amandahoule.com/

 

Resume for Neeru Chawla

Neeru Chawla

13 Meadow Ln.

Westford, MA-01886

617.784.4165

      Neeruchawla@gmail.com

 

 

Country of Citizenship:      United States of America

 

Summary

Result oriented Programmer/Software Professional Analyst with over 7+ years of experience with knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) from requirement Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation of Web-based and Windows based, Client-Server and n-tier Applications.

 

Skills Summary

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Vast technical experience in field of software development and testing

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Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills

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Experience with business users with their needs and liaised with end users and consultants

 

Technical Skills

Languages                         C#.NET, Python

Web Development             ASP.Net 4.5/3.5/2.0, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, LINQ, Web Services, WCF,             ASP

Databases                          Oracle 11g/9i, SQL Server

Tools/IDE                           Team Foundation Server (TFS), SSMS, Visual Studio, Active Directory (LDAP), TOAD 11.5, Crystal Reports, Visual Source Safe

Third Party Tools                LLBL-GEN PRO, QAS, Mercury, FileNet, IBM Clear Case

 

 

Work Experience                                                                                             

  

Department Of Labor and Workforce Department                                                        2008-2016

 

Senior Programmer/Analyst

Commonwealth of Massachusetts ELOWD, Boston MA

November 2010- June 2016

 

QUEST Project

Quality Unemployment System Transformation (QUEST) is the multi-tier web based application which is integrated as Enterprise Content Management that allows claimants and employers to conduct most unemployment business online.

 

Responsibilities:

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Created important Revenue Fiscal Reports and Federal Tax Performance System (TPS) Reports utilizing Asp.Net, C# and Oracle 11g.

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Designed and developed interfaces between Department of Unemployment Assistance and Registry of Motor Vehicles to facilitate exchange of information.

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Debugged, coded and unit tested bug fixes and enhancements

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Documented software defects using Mercury Quality Center and reported defects involving program functionality, output, online screen and content to software testers and verified fixes.

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Identified and escalated risks and issues for timely mitigation. Proposed mitigation strategies

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Monitored and performed troubleshooting for production problems

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Liaison between business units, stakeholders and project development team to gather and clarify requirements

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Performed and Created SQL scripts/queries for testing to ensure transactional data is accurately stored in database and integrates seamlessly across all modules

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Maintained and tested existing code on Windows 2012 servers upgrade on UAT and Production

 

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Helped and mentored team members

 

Senior Programmer/Analyst

Commonwealth of Massachusetts (DCS/DUA), Boston MA

December 2008 – October 2010

 

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Project

Maintained and worked on UI applications and iPASS within the Department Of Career Services/Unemployment Assistance (DCS/DUA) Web Enterprise.

 

Responsibilities:

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Maintained and tested the UI System applications including: Automated Adjudication Application (AAA), Webcert Certification, Direct Deposit

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Maintained and coded iPASS applications including: Employer Registration, Claimant Account Inquiry, UI Fraud Hotline

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Created reports and tested using crystal reports.

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Managed Load Balancing on production servers

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Monitored and performed troubleshooting for production problems

 

Microsoft Certification Training                                    

New Horizons, Nashua-NH

October 2016-January 2017

 

Agile Methodologies                     

Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

Querying Microsoft SQL Server    

Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Introduction to Python

 

Training Classes

PL/SQL, C# and Visual Studio 2008

ITIL® 2011 Edition Overview: Creating a Service Culture Skill Soft

 

Education

Masters in Computers Management (MCM) from Pune University, India

Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University, India

 

Meet Attorney Robin S. Fleischer of Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC

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Attorney Robin S. Fleischer is a respected family law attorney who is known for her integrity, honesty and creativity in finding solutions to some of the most emotional and tough legal issues.  She has dedicated her career to helping people going through the emotional roller coaster of divorce and other family law problems. 

She understands that people experiencing a divorce, child custody or other family legal matter need an advocate who is compassionate, understanding and responsive to their needs.  When relationships fail, the effects cascade into all areas of a persons’ life.

Attorney Fleischer prides herself in providing individual, personal attention to each client.  She offers a complimentary 30-minute initial telephone conversation for new clients.   Her motto is “It is easier to stay out of trouble than get of trouble.”  

If you think you have a legal problem, call or email Attorney Fleischer at 978-871-2928;  email robin.fleischer@robinfleischer.com.   Visit her website at www.robinfleischer.com