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Assessing how changes to tax law will affect upcoming divorces

When couples in California decide to pursue divorce as an option for resolving marital conflict assuredly, they are faced with a difficult road to recovering, maintaining and planning their financial future. In serious cases where couples are unable to reach any amicable negotiations, each person may be at a critical disadvantage in being able to maintain their financial stability. 

How will the new tax law complicate your divorce?

If you and your spouse plan to divorce in 2019, you may be in for a rude awakening. According to CNBC, the new tax law, which Congress has set to take effect at the first of the year, will change who pays alimony on spousal support. Though lawmakers anticipate that all divorcing parties will feel the financial burden imposed by this new law, it is those in high-tax states such as California and New York that will take the greatest hit.

Reasons why a joint custody agreement could be your best decision

Making arrangements for your children when you and your spouse are seeking a divorce can be ridden with challenges. The decisions you will have to make will require you to work with your ex and be flexible and willing to negotiate. At Dianne Drew Butler & Associates Inc., we have helped many people in California to work toward finalizing a functional and fair child custody agreement. 

How much do you know about the California discovery process?

If you answered, "Next to nothing," when you read the question in the post title, you'll definitely want to keep reading. As you prepare for divorce, there are things you should know about California law that may greatly affect your settlement. For one, this is one of only nine states in the nation that continue to operate under community property division laws in divorce. That means that the whole "what's mine is yours" thing is especially true regarding marital property, which is basically anything and everything you acquired during marriage.  

How does divorce affect an estate plan?

If you are one of the many people in California who is facing an impending divorce or who may even be in the midst of a divorce right now, you know all too well just how many details there are for you to address during this process. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by what are the most pressing issues at the moment, such as whether or not you will sell your house, which spouse might keep the pets or how you will divide your retirement accounts. However, in addition to these things, you should also pay attention to other matters involving your estate planning.

What are some common questions about receiving child support?

If you receive child support in California, then you may have some questions about the process. While the court ordered the support payments and maintains control over the legal aspects of child support, the Department of Child Support Services manages your case. One aspect of your case management involves how you receive payment.

Should you keep records of your alimony payments?

If you live in California and either receive alimony or pay alimony, you should be keeping records of payments for tax purposes. Unfortunately, many divorced individuals are unaware of their alimony recordkeeping obligations and are often the subject of IRS scrutiny. You can avoid scrutiny by educating yourself on what documentation is and is not worth keeping. 

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