Divorce Alimony

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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Family Collaborative Law Act Signed by Governor Christie

In addition to signing the alimony bill into law, Governor Christie also signed the Family Collaborative Law Act on Wednesday, September 10th. The Act had been unanimously passed by the Senate in late June before it arrived...more

Requirements for Alimony – Can it be a good thing?

Divorce is messy, divorce is costly – and it should be avoided wherever possible. Spouses should always attempt to mitigate their losses and one way to do this is to consider designing the divorce settlement to include...more

NJ Alimony Bill Making Major Changes in System

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would drastically change alimony awards in future divorce cases and is currently awaiting a signature by Governor Christie. The bill,...more

Spendthrift & Discretionary Trusts in Florida: Further Analysis of Berlinger v. Casselberry

In Berlinger v. Casselberry, Case No. 2D12-6470, 6 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 27, 2013), the Florida Second District Court of Appeal upheld a writ of garnishment issued by a trial court against the trustee of a discretionary trust...more

Divorce, Child Support and Alimony

When it comes to child support, the laws vary considerably from state to state. Some states allow “permanent” alimony in certain circumstances, but some do not. Most states allow for some sort of alimony payment for a finite...more

What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Board Certified Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman discusses what Spousal Maintenance is and how it is determined in Arizona. He also describes the time frame associated with...more

Permanent Alimony To Remain — For Now

An 11th hour decision by the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have ended "permanent alimony." ...more

Until Death (Or Remarriage) Do Us Part

He says the alimony settlement is unfair because it doesn’t take into account the training she received to obtain gainful employment. ...more

When Does Alimony Become Unfair?

Everyone knows the horror story of someone who was ordered to pay what was considered unfair alimony. ...more

Are the Family Courts Becoming Hostile Toward Women?

From a historical standpoint, women have been the stay-at-home moms; the underemployed or unemployed spouse in a marriage; and the lesser paid sex in the workforce (the latter is still largely true). These realities – the...more

Are Unallocated Support Payments in a Divorce Action Tax Deductible?

A couple going through a divorce action should understand whether a support payment, not specifically allocated as child support or alimony, is a taxable event where the payor may deduct it and the payee report it as income...more

Alimony in New Jersey

Alimony is governed by N.J.S.A. 2A34:23-b. In New Jersey, there are four categories of alimony to consider: (1) Limited Duration Alimony, (2) Reimbursement Alimony, (3) Rehabilitative Alimony, and (4) Permanent Alimony....more

Out of Harm’s Way: Domestic Violence and Divorce

Divorce can be an extremely emotional experience, fraught with sadness, anger and even a sense of helplessness. These feelings are exacerbated for someone who has been the victim of domestic violence. If you are the victim...more

Alimony Bill Proposing to Overhaul New Jersey’s Alimony Laws

Assembly Bill Number 3909 was introduced on March 7, 2013 seeking to overhaul the State’s long established alimony laws. Among other things, the proposed bill eliminates permanent alimony entirely. ...more

“Long-Term” Marriage Reaches New Heights

On February 6, 2013, John and Ann Betar celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary, a milestone earning them the title of “longest married couple” in the United States by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian marriage...more

What Is A QDRO?

Although the media focuses on their big spending, divorce and poor retirement planning are among the top reasons why most pro athletes go broke within 10 years of retirement. Retirement planning can be challenging for most,...more

Divorce Tax Planning

In August 2012, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegen finalized their divorce here in Florida. With their settlement terms undisclosed, the world is speculating as to what will happen with the young billionaire’s assets, including...more

Understanding Current Florida Alimony Laws

Despite efforts to reform Florida alimony laws, permanent alimony is still on the books. However, most family court judges only award this type of spousal support in rare cases when the determining factors merit it and other...more

Alimony Reformers: Wait ‘Til Next Year

Like a team that makes it to the playoffs but fails to go all the way, Florida alimony reform activists are vowing that they will come back fighting next year. The push to change the state’s divorce laws centers on the...more

Tax Planning for the divorcing and newly divorced

Tax planning and divorce sound like two unlikely partners, but they are not. This week’s blog post is written by Selwyn Gerber, CPA, who explains why tax planning is critical during and after a divorce....more

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

One of the sad realities representing people with serious work injuries, is that the financial, physical, and psychological stresses caused by the injury or the claims process, often result in failed marriages. It really is...more

Fairfield County Divorce Guidebook

The Fairfield County Divorce Guidebook is intended for individuals to better navigate and understand the legal system during one of the more troubling periods of their lives. Whether used by divorcing spouses as a...more

Will Divorce and Austerity Force You to Financial Independence?

Many people rely on marriage as a financial plan. In other words, one spouse – often the wife – is primarily or wholly financially dependent upon the other. Many little girls were told to find a Prince Charming – not just...more

Three More Questions Boomers Need to Ask Their Lawyers about Grey Divorce (Part II)

Last week’s blog discussed three questions Baby Boomers going through divorce should ask their lawyer. As promised, here are three more questions. 1. Should I keep the house? The financial risks of keeping the...more

Even Though It’s “No Fault” Divorce, What Would You Do?

California has “no fault” divorce, which means it does not matter why a marriage breaks up or which spouse is responsible for the breakup. Therefore all community property is divided equally and spousal support (alimony) is...more

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