Monthly Archives: October 2013

Public Shaming for Deadbeat Parents

Congress has encouraged states to come up with creative ways to embarrass parents into paying the child support they owe. One method used nationwide by an association of state child support enforcement agencies is the publishing of “most wanted” lists … Continue reading

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After a Divorce, Estate Planning is a Must

After a divorce is granted, the former spouses’ plans for the disposition of their assets generally change. Many estate planning 
documents — the will, all insurance policy beneficiary designations and all deeds – change after a divorce when new beneficiary … Continue reading

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I.R.S. Alimony Requirements

The Internal Revenue Services checks the income tax returns of former spouses who claim alimony as a deduction (the payer) and alimony as income (the recipient), and it holds both former spouses responsible for irregularities in the returns for the … Continue reading

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Child Support Requires a Court Order

The payment of child support requires a court order. Normally child support is paid monthly by the noncustodial parent (usually the father) to the custodial parent (usually the mother) and is for the benefit of child(ren) of the former marriage. … Continue reading

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Putative Father Registries Protect Father’s Rights

Many states offer a putative father a registry so he cannot lose parental rights without his consent. A putative father notifies the state registry that he wants to be notified if an adoption petition is filed involving his child. Courts … Continue reading

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Men Get Alimony, Too

As more and more women narrow the income gap, more and more men now ask for spousal support when the marriage ends. “Interestingly enough, part of the ramifications of women getting better jobs, getting higher pay and receiving equal rights … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Loss of Custody

A mother may lose custody of her child when the father proves the mother is unfit; however, in most of these cases, she still retains rights to her child. Typically, her rights to her child are only terminated when the … Continue reading

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Emotional Affairs Damage Marriages

Emotional affairs happen when a partner develops a close bond with someone else, for example a coworker, and two of them become intimate. An emotional affair is not physical – at least at the start, but it can erode the … Continue reading

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After a Divorce, Careful Consideration of Assets is Important

Estate planning after a divorce is more imperative than ever because divorce not only deranges personal finances, it also often changes heirs and beneficiaries. Moreover, even though spouses are divorced, as parents they have to make arrangements for their children … Continue reading

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Circumstances Determine Alimony

An award of alimony depends on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the ability of a spouse to pay and the needs of the other spouse. Generally women receive alimony, but increasingly courts have awarded it … Continue reading

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