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

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This article only applies to divorced or divorcing spouses whose alimony award was established, pursuant to a signed Property Settlement Agreement (PSA), and/or the spouses were officially divorced, on or before December 31, 2018. 
The IRS Monitors Divorced Individuals’ Payments of Estimated Taxes.

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

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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.

Mediation vs. Litigation: What is Best for Building Relationships Between Non-Custodial Parents and Their Children

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Torn between mediation vs litigation? If you are considering divorce, and children are involved, mediation is usually the best dispute resolution alternative for your family. 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.

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.