Dependent Exemptions, Child Custody & Divorce

Dependent Exemptions, Child Custody & Divorce

The Internal Revenue Code has changed as of December 22, 2017. For up-to-date information call Robin at (571) 220-1998.

Parents getting divorced often want to know "who has the rightful claim to our child for income tax purposes?"  "Who gets the child exemption?" (which is often referred to as a "deduction").   To answer these questions, we have to first look to the IRS.  Their rules, though not too complicated,  can be confusing -- especially because some of their rules are soft (can be altered by tax payers) and some are hard (cannot be altered).   Also,  there are a lot of myths about the child exemption and other child-related benefits when it comes to divorce and child custody situations.

Child Custody Problems – Should I Use a Divorce Attorney or a Mediator?

Child Custody Problems –  Should I Use a Divorce Attorney or a Mediator?

When families break apart in a divorce, many parents do not know where to turn to get help.  Divorce lawyer?  Divorce mediator?  What is best when it comes to planning for children when their parents are getting a divorce? Here is some information to help you choose what route to take:

Parents must decide whether they want the fate of their children’s upbringing to be made within the family unit (by mom and dad) or by a judge.

9 Key Questions To Ask Before Negotiating Child Custody In Your Divorce

9 Key Questions To Ask Before Negotiating Child Custody In Your Divorce

Parenting is a one-shot deal. As a 10-year veteran of divorce, my former husband and I have made it our goal to keep our children the focus, despite our own differences and troubles. When we negotiated our divorce settlement, we keyed-in on the fact that we only had one chance to get it right in raising our son (who was then 9 years old) and daughter (who was then 7 years old).

The goal, in divorce, should always be to make the situation better – or at least reasonably comfortable -- for everyone in the family.

What Your Divorce Lawyers Do Not Always Tell You: Alimony Requires Estimated Tax Payments

What Your Divorce Lawyers Do Not Always Tell You:  Alimony Requires Estimated Tax Payments

The Internal Revenue Code has changed as of December 22, 2017. For up-to-date information call Robin at (571) 220-1998.

The IRS Monitors Divorced Individuals’ Payments of Estimated Taxes.

The IRS rules are straightforward for divorced individuals who receive child support or alimony payments.

Mediation is Best for Building & Maintaining Relationships Between Non-Custodial Parents & Their Children

Mediation is Best for Building & Maintaining Relationships Between Non-Custodial Parents & Their Children

 If you are posturing for, or in the middle of a custody dispute, try mediation. This is especially true if you are the parent who thinks he or she may end up as the non-residential parent (non-primary custodian).  As a non-residential parent, your odds of building a strong and long-lasting relationship with your children -- by being a part of their lives while they are growing up --  is much greater if you opt for mediation over litigation.