Spousal Support & The New Tax Law

No Longer a Tax Deduction

The new tax laws enacted by Congress have changed the way spousal support (alimony) is treated. Beginning January 1, 2019, it will no longer be a tax deduction for the payor. The law applies only to spousal support obligations arising from court orders and agreements made after December 31, 2018. Modifications of prior spousal support orders will only be impacted if the modification “opts-in” the tax treatment.

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Parenting Seminar: Putting the Family First

It’s A Requirement Franklin County’s local rules require parents in a divorce, dissolution, or legal separation proceeding to attend  Putting the Children First.  Typically, parents must complete this parenting seminar within 45 days of filing with the Court.  The course can be taken in person or on-line.  You can register at: http://www.actionforchildren.org/view.php?nav_id=82 Putting the Children First … Read moreParenting Seminar: Putting the Family First

Shared Parenting: What It Means

In Ohio, the term “shared parenting” is often used, but you may have also heard it referred to as “joint custody.” Shared parenting allocates the parental rights and responsibilities of the children to both parents; but that does not necessarily mean that everything is equal. “Shared parenting” specifically refers to the ability of both parents … Read moreShared Parenting: What It Means

Taxes And Your Family Law Case

It’s tax season again! So what do your taxes have to do with your family law case? Child Support & Tax Interceptions In Ohio, the Child Support Enforcement Agency has the authority to intercept a person’s tax refund for past due child support owed to any child (regardless of the child’s age). So, if you are the … Read moreTaxes And Your Family Law Case

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem (often referred to as a “GAL”) is appointed by the domestic or juvenile Court to represent the best interest of the child(ren) in a custody case.  To become a GAL, one must fulfill certain requisites, such as special training, and in most counties a GAL must be an attorney.

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Business Valuations in Divorce

In some divorces or dissolutions, one or both of the parties own a small business. When contemplating terminating your marriage, it may be necessary to conduct a valuation of the business to determine its worth or prepare for sale. This post will provide a brief overview of considerations in such circumstances.

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