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How to make an alimony payment that is tax-deductible

A Texas divorce often includes alimony, and usually it is tax-deductible to the payer. The recipient of the alimony has to pay taxes on it. However, it is necessary for the alimony to be mentioned in the legally binding divorce agreement. Otherwise, the IRS will not consider it tax deductible.

Helping children through a divorce

For many Texas children of parents who are ending their marriage, going through the divorce process can be very difficult. Children are particularly perceptive and may feel stress when their family structure and schedule begins to change. To help the kids with the transition, there are certain things that parents can and should do if possible.

QDRO and property division with retirement funds

Retirement accounts may seem less likely to lead to conflict than matters of custody and spousal support in Texas, but this type of property division can cause problems later without expert guidance at the negotiating table. Failure to know the rules pertaining to various types of accounts can result in inequitable property division and a more difficult life after divorce. An investment adviser with SWAN Capital points out the need for both parties in a divorce to enlist a financial analyst to work alongside their attorneys.

Pursuing a parent for child support using the DPPA

Some Texas parents might be struggling to collect child support. If a noncustodial parent has traveled out of state in order to avoid paying what is owed, it might be possible to take him or her to court using the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.

Obama's rule regarding child support remains unaffected

Texas parents may be interested to learn that a regulation put in place by former President Barack Obama regarding the collection of child support payments from incarcerated parents has not yet been affected by the new administration. The rule, which took effect on Jan. 19, requires states to set more realistic child support amounts for parents who are incarcerated and cannot meet their obligations.

New rules for making child support payments in prison

As Barack Obama nears the end of his presidency, his administration intends to spearhead another effort to reform the criminal justice system. The potentially new regulation changes would help eliminate the policies that leave ex-inmates with substantial debt by allowing prisoners to make child support modifications. For many inmates in Texas and across the country, child support payments are a major burden.

Family law issues can impact one's credit score

Most Texas residents who are preparing to divorce are aware that their finances will be affected by the change in family status. What some people are not aware of, however, is that their credit scores will drop during and immediately after divorce. Understanding how to mitigate this decline is an important aspect of planning for one's future, and it is a family law issue that is often overlooked during divorce.

Gram and Gramps are divorcing. What should you do?

Fashions can be trendy and things can trend in social media. The more common definition of a trend is something that is becoming more or less prevalent. Gray divorce is one of the things that is currently trending in an upward direction. It's estimated that one in 4 people in the U.S. going through a breakup in relationship are 50 years old or older.

With so many facets involved, simple divorce is a misnomer

In the arena of Texas family law there are many ways to go about finalizing a divorce. The methods can run the gamut from a friendly, uncontested dissolution to one that requires more aggressive representation of the parties to assure that details are not missed and clients' rights are fully protected.

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