Archive for the Family Law Category

What You Need to Know About Alimony Payments and Recent Tax Changes

Prior to the December 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), when one spouse paid alimony (or separate maintenance payments) to the other spouse in a divorce, the paying spouse could deduct the alimony payments on his/her Federal income tax form. At the same time, the spouse

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Your Way, My Way, Our Way, Three Way, Anyway: The Benefits of Collaborative Practice for Non-Traditional Families

Whether you grew up watching 90210, Real World or MTV Beach House, today’s modern families are evolving beyond what was even in the 1990’s considered abhorrent or abnormal family life given that these shows addressed such topics as homosexuality, bisexuality, AIDS, drugs, addiction and abortion. Same sex

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HELL, NO!

HE SAID: I want my kids 50% of the time. SHE SAID: Over my dead body! Be careful what you wish for! Our court system is overloaded with parents who would rather entrust their children’s lives to a perfect stranger in a black robe, rather than figure

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Never Too Old to Hurt From Parents’ Divorce

By Jane Gordon Julien April 21, 2016, New York Times.  In the room that would be the scene of Lisa George’s divorce in 2012, Ms. George, now 59, was seated on the same side of the table as her about-to-be-ex-husband. Each of their divorce lawyers slid into seats

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Two Dads and a Mom

By Ellen S. Fischer, Esquire, Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The definition of a family is rapidly changing. It has become ordinary for two parent households to consist of either a mom and a dad or two dads or two moms. But now there are three

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Divorced Parents, Living Close for the Children’s Sake

By RONNIE KOENIGJAN. 15, 2016, New York Times.  Four years ago, Cristina Gitti and Matteo Bologna, the parents of two daughters, decided to divorce. But they parted ways by only a flight of stairs. The couple opted to stay put with their girls in the brownstone they

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The Price They Pay: Older Children and Divorce

By Barbara S. Cain: Barbara S. Cain is a clinical supervisor at the Psychological Clinic at the University of Michigan. She has written frequently on the impact of divorce on parents and children. February 18, 1990, The New York Times.  THEY WERE MORE SANGUINE ABOUT Laura. She was,

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The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents

Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D., December 19, 2011, Psychology Today. Young children and adolescents can respond differently to divorce In response to my blog about single parenting adolescents, I received this email request: “I was wondering if you could address the effects of divorce on very small children.”

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Mom and Dad Have Something to Tell You: Six Tips for Talking to Kids About Divorce

By Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D., A.B.P.P,Posted May 29, 2011, Psychology Today.  If you are contemplating divorce, you might wonder how to tell the children. Science tells us little about how to best tell children that parents will divorce. A few studies focus on how parents tell children, but

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This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most

Mandy Oaklander, April 27, 2015, TIME Regarding the wellbeing of kids with divorced parents, the debate over what kind of custody arrangement is best rages on. But a new study, published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, suggests that children fare better when they spend time living

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