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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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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Interviewing Children in Custody Cases

When dealing with custody disputes, there is often a concern as to whether or not the Court will speak to the children.  Below are the answers to a few common questions regarding the appearance of children in custody cases.  If you have further questions or are looking for help with custody issues, call our office at (614) 567-3031 to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced and skilled custody attorney.

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Where Do I File For Divorce?

Occasionally we get questions from potential clients wondering where they should file for divorce or dissolution. Should they file in the county where they got married? Should they file where they are now living? What if the parties live in different counties? We hope to provide some basic information about this topic in this blog post.

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Can Spousal Support (Alimony) be Modified?

As time passes and life changes occur you may find yourself wondering if your spousal support (also referred to as alimony) order can be modified. The answer to this question is often held within the court document ordering the support. However, the Order is often unclear or not easily interpreted.

When Spousal Support (Alimony) Terminates

Under Ohio law, all spousal support orders terminate upon the death of either the payor or payee, unless the court Order

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