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Trump’s Tax Plan | What You Need to Know About Divorce Tax Deductions

The new year brought new tax laws, particularly for those going through a divorce. Lawyers were scrambling until December 31 to get divorces finalized so that those paying alimony would get their tax deductions. Now that we are in 2019, tax deductions no longer apply to alimony payments, thanks to President Trump’s new tax code […]

When is it Time to Get a Divorce?

Divorce filings tend to increase in January, March, and August. Why these three months? January signifies a new year and a fresh start. March and August are popular because it is believed that many couples try to reconcile over Valentine’s Day and the summer, only to face the inevitable breakup of their marriages. When is […]

Civil Court vs. Criminal Court | When Criminal & Family Law Collide

Criminal law and family law are two different types of law. However, there are situations in which crimes can occur in the context of family law, causing these two types of law to come together. Most commonly, these two laws intersect in cases of domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs when one partner uses physical, emotional, […]

What Happens if You Divorce an Immigrant Spouse?

Divorcing an American citizen is complicated enough, but when you are considering divorcing an immigrant spouse, things can get even more complicated. Depending on the length of the marriage, the immigrant spouse could be deported or granted American citizenship. You may have heard of green cards. So, how do they apply in a marriage with […]

Five Estate Planning Myths

Estate planning is a confusing concept for many people. They may think they do not need it because they are young or have very few assets. There are many myths regarding this topic, and it helps to be informed so your wishes can be carried out in the event of your death. Estate planning can […]

Asset Protection Trusts: How to Protect Your Personal Assets

To some, trusts are only useful for rich people who want to avoid taxes. While trusts do help protect personal assets and make sure people do not overpay in taxes, they can be useful for people of all income levels. Those who want to protect their property and qualify for medical services can do so […]

Dissolution of Marriage vs. Divorce

You are likely familiar with the term “divorce,” and may also have heard the term “dissolution of marriage.” Divorce is the term more commonly used, but what is the difference between the two? Do they mean the same thing? Technically, yes. Both terms result in the same outcome – ending a marriage permanently. Both terms […]

Why Get a Prenup? Millennials and Marriage

Prenuptial agreements were rare a few decades ago. They were used mainly by rich people who did not want to lose everything in a divorce. That has changed in the past few years. Millennials are taking advantage of these handy agreements, regardless of their wealth or income. Prenuptial agreement use has increased fivefold in the […]

How to Get a Restraining Order in NY

If you have been threatened or harmed by a loved one, you may be living in fear. A cycle of abuse can get progressively worse, leading to serious physical harm. This can be a scary situation for a victim, and you may be worried about your future. Are there any protections available to you under […]

Child Custody Battle Tips

If you are going through a divorce and kids are involved, you may be going through a child custody battle with your ex-spouse. Your ex-wife may claim you are abusive and prohibit you from seeing the kids. Your ex-husband may try to take sole custody of the kids, even though you were the primary caregiver. […]