Archive for the Family Law Category

Helping Your Child Through Your Divorce

Extensive research suggests that for children of divorce, what is most damaging is the experience of their parents fighting. How children adjust and fare after a divorce is closely linked to how their parents get along with each other. Those children whose parents are civil and demonstrate

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What Questions to Ask About 529 Plans and the New Tax Act When Preparing a Divorce Agreement

In cases involving children, it is commonplace for divorce agreements to include provisions governing the payment of college expenses. This may include terms governing any existing 529 college savings plans. The new tax act now considers qualified expenses under 529 plans to include elementary and high school

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Using Life and Disability Insurance to Protect Alimony

Parties that are crafting an alimony settlement should consider the future consequences of an interruption of the negotiated income stream. Alimony is dependent on the capacity to pay a stream of income from one party to another. If the alimony is sourced from earned income, then there

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When Is A Dollar Not A Dollar?

As a financial advisor, I think one of the most confusing aspects of money is that not all of it works the same way. This becomes much more apparent in the divorce process for property distribution. Many of my clients are surprised to find out that often

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SEPARATION, DIVORCE AND THE MARITAL RESIDENCE

The discussion about division of assets initially revolves around the marital residence, as jointly owned real estate and retirement are perhaps the most significant marital assets subject to distribution in a divorce. The decision whether to retain or sell the residence can be laden with emotion and

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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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