Lawyers can sometimes forget that terms they have become familiar with can sound like another language to their clients. Here is a handy guide to some common terms that crop up during the course of proceedings relating to divorce and the financial arrangements following marital breakdown, which we hope will provide a useful reference for those involved in such cases. Continue reading “What does it mean? A guide to key terms in family law”
Surprising divorce law in 21 states, starting with ALABAMA: The divorced wife may be legally prohibited from using the name of the divorced husband.
An obscure South Dakota law can force adult children to pay the cost of long-term care for their parents if the elder family members cannot pay on their own. Continue reading “SD law forces adult children to pay for nursing home care for parents”
Under current law, the person on the hook for alimony in a divorce typically the higher-earning spouse can deduct payments from their income, and it is the lower-earning ex who is taxed on that sum. Continue reading “Couples rush to divorce by year-end”
Dec. 31, 2018 is the date by which couples need to get the terms of their divorce settled before the tax rules on alimony change, a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed last year. Continue reading “New divorce tax rules could leave you with an alimony disadvantage”
In ancient common law, when wives were considered the property of their husbands, a jilted man could sue any man who deliberately broke up his marriage and stole away his wife. Continue reading “Ancient marriage break-up law on the books in this state”
Despite strong public support and mounting empirical evidence in its favor as an ideal living arrangement for the majority of children of divorce, shared parenting as presumption in family law has historically been met with skepticism among some legal and mental health professionals. Continue reading “Countering Arguments Against Shared Parenting in Family Law”
The warning comes after a sharp rise in a type of divorce settlement that is relatively easy to arrange but harbours potential drawbacks.
Continue reading “DIY Divorcees Run Into Pension Problems”
William Alstergren has been appointed the new chief justice of the Family Court, adding it to his role as Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court. Continue reading “Family Court Chief Justice Appointed Amid Major Shakeup”
If you are divorcing or recently divorced, taxes may be the last thing on your mind. Starting in 2019, the new tax laws will be fully enacted and will eventually impact about half of the population — namely, couples who will be calling it quits. Continue reading “New Tax Bill Complicates Splitting Up, Especially For Women”