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.
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Negotiation is an indispensable part of the legal process, especially in the sphere of family law. However, not all areas are completely open to negotiation. This is especially true in matters involving children — most...more
Child support is a separate issue from parenting plans, which concern child custody and visitation. On one hand, a parent who has not been receiving the child support payments to which he or she is entitled is not legally...more
Parents do not always agree on childrearing. When parents are divorced, those disagreements can cause a great deal of stress as the parents struggle to find common ground. One of these areas might be the educational decisions...more
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
Our reports on the oral arguments from the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with last week's argument in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc.
The plaintiff obtained a divorce in 2009 and was...more
Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., which poses an important question for domestic relations law: must a Withholding Notice under the Income...more
These days, prenuptial agreements are not only for the likes of Hollywood celebrities. They provide spouses at all income levels with financial and other protections. Enforcing New Jersey prenups is easier now, thanks to...more
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
Parenting Coordinators are professionals appointed by the court to assist parents who are no longer living together, or who are going through a divorce, to resolve disputes regarding their children. The institution of...more
I have seen many people do many things for varying reasons when faced with a hotly contested divorce or child custody matter. Unless you ever confront such a difficult situation, some of the things people do may seem...more
Successfully obtaining a court order for child support payments does not always ensure that you will actually receive the payments that the court decides you deserve. ...more
Our preview of newly petitions for leave to appeal allowed by the Illinois Supreme Court in the closing days of the just-ended May term continues with Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., a decision from the Second...more
Under Florida statutes, child support payments must be sent to the Florida State Disbursement Unit (FLSDU) in Tallahassee and, typically, these payments are automatically deducted from the parent’s paycheck. The FLSDU then...more
How is a worker's lump-sum settlement for a disabling injury -- a payment meant to compensate for lost income for the remainder of the worker's expected working life -- treated for purposes of calculating the non-custodial...more
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This simply means that you don’t need to prove any fault on the part of your spouse as grounds for a divorce. For example you needn't show that your spouse was cheating on you, that your...more
A longstanding client calls to tell you that his marriage is falling apart, and that his wife wants a divorce. Inasmuch as you have represented both the client and his wife on previous occasions, you now feel uncomfortable...more
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
Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Mayfield v. Mayfield, which presents several issues regarding the proper handling of lump sum workers' compensation payments for purposes of calculating a party's...more
Tomorrow will be a busy day for the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket, with five cases being argued, beginning at 9:00 a.m. They are...more
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
If you have ever helped your kids with their math homework, you have probably come across problems like this:
“If John has a monthly gross income of $5,000 and allowable deductions totaling $1,500 a month, and Mary has a...more
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
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
In the words of The Beatles, “ ‘Cause I’m the Taxman…,” and because it’s almost the filing deadline (April 16 this year), the Taxman is here. Marital and family status, of course, has a big impact on your taxes. So, here are...more
It’s been in the news lately. Recently there was a new “pop-up” store in Beverly Hills. You can even host a similar event in your city. As stated on their website, “The Divorceé Sale™ was created by Jill Alexander who saw...more