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Divorce

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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by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is not a political outlet. So, I will confine my “political” comment to a single set of facts. 17 people killed yesterday. 32 school days so far this year. Time Magazine reports 18 school shootings. So a school...more

Divorce is Taxing: The Effect of Recent Tax Laws on Divorcing Parties

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Not only is divorce emotionally draining, the tax ramifications of recently passed tax laws will have a direct and adverse effect on divorcing parties. Tax reform will substantially alter the award of alimony in...more

Domestic Violence And The “Willoughby Moment”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

2017 was a remarkable year in many ways. In late Spring we watched one of America’s favorite entertainers tried for sexual assault. In October, prominent producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault by more than...more

A Playlist For When You’re Going Through A Divorce On Valentine’s Day

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the month of Saint Valentine is also generally the month that sees the highest volume of filing for divorce. For some people, getting divorced may be their New Years Resolution. Others...more

Episode 015: Confessions of a Business Appraiser: A Conversation with Chris Mercer

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In this episode of the Business Divorce Roundtable, Chris Mercer, one of the country’s leading business appraisers as well as a prolific author and frequent lecturer, shares what he calls “Confessions of a Reluctant Expert...more

Appellate Division Denies Cohabitation Claim Under Alimony Statute

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While we await guidance from the Appellate Division on how to interpret that portion of the amended alimony statute’s cohabitation provision, N.J.S.A. 2A:32-23n, indicating that alimony may be “suspended or terminated” in the...more

Making the Most of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Process During a Divorce

More and more divorcing couples are electing to engage in mediation outside of the courthouse in an effort to amicably resolve issues of property division and alimony. This option is often appealing because it can be a...more

ASCENDING MOUNT SCARPACI: A Lesson In Intestacy, Taking Against A Will & Getting Divorce Grounds Established

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A Superior Court decision last month by Judges Lazarus, Bowes and Ott reminds divorce practitioners that there are distinctions to be drawn between the rights of intestate surviving spouses and the rights of a surviving...more

New Decision Fine-Tunes Mass. Removal Law

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

In some divorces/post-divorce situations, one parent wants to move with the parties’ children to another state, or even another country. This is called “removal,” and requires either the permission of the other parent or the...more

Appellate Division Confirms That Alimony Cannot Be Judicially Determined With A Formula

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One of the most common question posed by clients is – how is alimony determined? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question, and it is often dependent upon the facts and circumstances of a given matter. ...more

How Four Different Areas of Life Are Affected by the New Tax Law

by Moskowitz LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, represents the biggest and most dramatic change to the U.S. tax code to take place in decades, and is expected to impact most everyone. Let’s...more

Reducing Stress During A Divorce

There is no doubt that divorce litigation can be a stressful process. While there will be factors and forces outside of your control, there are things you can control and steps you can take to reduce your stress level. ...more

Using Prenuptial Agreements to Protect the Family Farm

by Ruder Ware on

The family farm is a special asset. The family may have worked hard through decades, maybe even generations, to accumulate and develop the farm’s land, equipment and livestock. The children may be grown and successors to...more

Divorce Can Be Taxing: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Your Family Law Decisions

Everyone is buzzing about the new tax overhaul recently passed by Congress. How does it impact you and your family law choices for 2018 and beyond? In a four-part blog series, we will address the consequences of various parts...more

Making Sense of Recent Law Changes

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Happy New Year, all! May 2018 bring you health, happiness, and prosperity. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in conjunction with Massachusetts’ Alimony Reform Act, will bring the Commonwealth’s divorce practitioners and...more

The New Year’s Resolution Divorce

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

For many divorce attorneys, the busy season starts after the first of the year. For the last several years, I have posted on the phenomenon of the New Year’s Resolution Divorce. For whatever reason, this post has struck a...more

The Revised U.S. Tax Code’s Impact On Alimony

By now most people are aware of the impending changes to the U.S. tax code brought about by the GOP tax bill, dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which Congress voted to pass on December 20, 2017. These substantial changes,...more

The Fine Print - Winter 2017 - Family Law & Estate Planning

The Winter 2017 issue of The Fine Print focuses on family law and estate planning and features articles on prenuptial agreements, what to know if you are heading toward divorce, and more. Click on the attachment below to read...more

Divorce Planning: How Tax Reform Could Affect Your Decisions

by Lewitt Hackman on

Under the current tax law, individuals making spousal support payments may deduct the payments on their tax returns. Conversely, the individual receiving alimony must count those payments in his or her gross income....more

Prenuptial Agreements - Who Needs Them?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between prospective spouses before they marry, which governs certain issues in the event of divorce or death, such as property division, spousal support, and rights of a surviving spouse....more

Divorcing a Narcissist

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Life with a narcissist is often destructive, demeaning, and difficult. In fact, being with that person can make it nearly impossible for you and your children to not lose yourselves entirely. Unfortunately, divorcing a...more

Thinking You're Headed Toward Divorce? Here's What You Need To Know

Your marriage is in question and you are contemplating divorce. Before you go down the path, here are a few things to consider...more

Will 2018 Be The Year Of The Divorce – Will The New Tax Laws Cause A Race To Get Divorced By 12/31/18?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Since the first go round of the proposed massive revisions to the tax code were announced several weeks ago, matrimonial lawyers, litigants, accountants, etc. have been in a veritable tizzy over the prospect that one of the...more

Spousal Support Deduction: Breaking Up Is Hard[er] To Do After Tax Reform

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The final version of the tax reform bill was released Friday, December 15, 2017 and is set for votes this week – and it will pass and become law. Among the many changes, the final bill eliminates the tax deduction for spousal...more

Alimony About To Experience An Untimely Death

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As this is written, the House and Senate this week are scheduled to vote upon a conference report of both houses of Congress which will “reform” tax law in a major way for the first time since the Reagan administration. In...more

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