Divorce Law

Many people consider their pets family members, but do pets have any rights during a divorce? As of January 1, 2019, California courts can determine the custody of pets in divorce cases. Certain owners could receive physical custody of the animal and gain legal custody, or the...

“What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet believed a name itself was of no consequence, but as you know, your reputation is invaluable. Let’s say you have given or taken a name as you entered the marriage,...

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into effect on December 22, 2017. For divorcing parents, parties should be aware of changes to dependency exemptions and child tax credits. Prior to the new tax reform, the dependency exemption reduced taxable income, and parents could...

Divorce is a significant tax event that complicates the maze of IRS regulations. Only filing status is discussed here as this is typically, the first step to filing. The IRS allocates five tax filing statuses: single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household,...

Divorce is a difficult process with many challenges, and when a divorce crosses state lines, procedural headaches can rise. The first decision is which state court is most appropriate. Unfortunately, either state may bring significant costs or delays. For a specific court to hear a claim,...

Alimony Tax Implications Alimony, “spousal support” or “separate maintenance payments”, could have significant tax implications whether paid or received. Generally, the payer may deduct spousal support from his or her income, and the recipient must report alimony as taxable income. As a result, a divorce attorney...

Dividing pensions and retirement at the time of divorce can be a complex issue. The family court may allow the person who has the pension to retain the full pension, and offset other marital assets against it. Instead, the court may distribute a portion from...