Divorce Law

We often meet with potential clients who are currently living in a “trial” separation. During a trial separation, the couple lives apart although they have not filed for divorce or a decree of separate maintenance and support (known as a “legal” separation). Some couples separate...

On July 24, 2019, the South Carolina Supreme Court abolished the future recognition of common law marriage. Common law marriage was the legal framework that legitimized couples holding themselves out as married. Previously, common law marriage could be established where the parties: Were at least 16...

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,...