Saturday, May 17, 2014

Child Support in RI

From WPRI:

If you’re waiting on a child support payment in Rhode Island, you’re not alone. Eyewitness News has learned Rhode Island ranks towards the bottom of the pack when it comes to tracking down past due and missing child support payments.

Read more here.


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Alimony Tax Discrepancies

A Press Release from theTreasury Inspector General for Tax Administration:

A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) publicly released today identifies a $2.3 billion gap between the amount of alimony deductions claimed by taxpayers in 2010 and corresponding income reported.

Individuals who pay alimony can deduct the amount paid from income on their tax return to reduce the amount of tax an individual must pay. Alimony recipients must, in turn, claim the amount received as income on their tax return. An alimony income reporting discrepancy occurs either when individuals claim deductions for alimony which they did not pay or individuals do not report alimony income they received.

TIGTA initiated this audit to evaluate whether there is an alimony reporting gap and to assess controls the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has in place to promote alimony reporting compliance.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: TaxProf Blog

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Barred from Having More Kids

From the Washington Post:

An Ohio appeals court upheld an order barring a father from having more kids until he pays child support for the ones he already has.

Read more here.



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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Taxing Alimony

From Forbes:

When money flows from one ex-spouse to another it will generally be one of three things – alimony, child support or property division.  Alimony has tax consequences.  It reduces the adjusted gross income of the paying ex-spouse and increases the income of the receiving ex-spouse.  If this is news to you and you are of the plotting sort, you probably immediately leaped to a conclusion.  As long as the paying spouse is in a higher bracket than the receiving spouse, let’s call it alimony and we’ll figure out how to share the savings.  Much as we might hate one another, we hate paying taxes more.

If that is how your thinking went, you just ran afoul of Reilly’s Second Law of Tax Planning - Any clever idea that is fairly obvious runs into rules that make it hard. The rules in this case are in the Internal Revenue Code Section 71.  They are designed to not allow alimony treatment to payments that are in substance child support or property division.  If a payment meets all the requirements of alimony, the agreement can still state that it is not to be treated as alimony for tax purposes.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Adoption Tradition

Read and hear an audio here about the only known family in the United Kingdom with 3 generations of adopting.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Same-Sex Adoption Case in France

From the Guardian:

A married French woman has been told she cannot adopt the child she and her partner had by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

In a surprise ruling, a court in Versailles said the same-sex couple defrauded the French law which bars homosexuals from medically assisted procreation by undergoing the procedure in neighbouring Belgium.

Read more here.


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

free red rose flower clip art

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Establishing Paternity

An interesting case from Indiana came down yesterday: can the state order genetic testing to establish paternity when there is no claim for support or custody because the baby was born stillborn?  Read the opinion here.


Hat Tip: Susan DeMaine

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Friday, May 9, 2014

What is a Father?

From the New York Times:

He is a movie star who shot to fame on a motorcycle in “The Lost Boys.” She is a California massage therapist from a prominent East Coast family. Four years ago, with his sperm, her eggs and the wonder of in vitro fertilization, they produced a child.

From there, the tale gets very, very messy.

For the last two years, Jason Patric and Danielle Schreiber have been waging what has become one of the highest-profile custody fights in the country — one that scrambles a gender stereotype, raises the question of who should be considered a legal parent and challenges state laws that try to bring order to the Wild West of nonanonymous sperm donations.

Played out on cable news, dueling “Today” show appearances, YouTube videos and radio call-in talk shows, this rancorous dispute, which heads back into a California courtroom next Thursday, serves as cautionary tale for any man considering donating sperm to a friend and any woman considering accepting it from one, experts say.

“The resonance here is enormous because of the increasing number of families being formed today outside of traditional marriage,” said Naomi R. Cahn, a family law professor at George Washington University and the author of “Test Tube Families.” “Single heterosexual women, lesbian couples, men who donate sperm expecting to be part of a child’s life — they had better be paying attention.”

Read more here.


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Child Support in WI

From Fox6:

Nearly half of all children in Milwaukee County rely – in one way or another – on child support.  When parents don’t pay up, the consequences may be more far-reaching than you think.  Now, there is a program in Milwaukee County that’s cracking down on deadbeat parents.

“Go out and knock on the door.  A simple knock on the door,” Maureen Atwell said.

Atwell says this program is a game-changer.

“We’re not looking for people who failed to pay their child support because they were too poor to pay or just lost their job.  We’re looking for people who really have the resources and ability to pay child support and they just choose not to,” Atwell said.

Read more here.


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wedding Videos

From the New York Times:

Kiko Zeng and Eric Cheng’s courtship plays out like something out of a storybook. It is love at first sight. Their first touch is a shy, slow-motion handshake, with neither wanting to let go, until friends pull them apart.

Soon they are chatting online, Ms. Zeng while on a pink bedspread typing on a Hello Kitty laptop, Mr. Cheng in a minimalist bedroom. Chinese characters flash across the screen: Will she come on a date? She agrees. He throws his laptop to the side and pumps his hands in a victory gesture.

Fast-forward to an evening in front of a carousel. Mr. Cheng takes a small box from his pocket and hands it to her. She opens it, perplexed, then disappointed: just a red plastic ring. But then he brings out a second box and kneels before her. Inside is a real engagement ring. Will she marry him? She nods enthusiastically, beaming. Their friends suddenly appear, holding up signs that spell out M-A-R-R-Y M-E.

At least that’s how it looks in their wedding video. Who knows how it really happened? At Paris Wedding Center, a company with three locations in the Chinatowns of Manhattan and Flushing, Queens, the lines between reality and fairy tale are blurred.

Not only are photos and videos often taken months before the ceremony, they also don’t necessarily document actual events.

Read more here.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pre-Divorce Counseling

From Channel NewsAsia:

SINGAPORE: Couples seeking divorce may be asked to attend counselling even before they file for court proceedings, under a move to put their children's needs first.

The Law and Social and Family Development Ministries are considering what is described as "pre-filing" programmes, under a review of the Family Justice System.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Collaborative Divorce

From CNBC:

Divorce will never be a walk in the park, but it doesn't have to be a traumatic process, either.

So say practitioners of collaborative divorce, a relatively new approach that avoids the court system and puts negotiations and decisions directly in the hands of the spouses—with help from specially trained attorneys and neutral support professionals.

Read more here.


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Monday, May 5, 2014

China Smog Causes Divorce

From the International Business Times:

A man in China filed for divorce after his wife escaped the notorious smog of Beijing and went to a tropical island province along with their son. The man said that their marriage was thereafter destroyed as it became a long-distance relationship.

Read more here.


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Divorce is Contagious

From CBN News:

Divorce could be contagious, according to new research from Brown University. 

The study, conducted in Framingham, Massachusetts, shows that if a friend or loved one gets one that raises your chances.

Researchers discovered 75 percent of participants were more likely to end their marriage if a friend was divorced.

Read more here.


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Friday, May 2, 2014

In Health and In...

From TIME:

A new study of 2,717 couples by researchers at the University of Michigan finds that not only did 31 percent of marriages involving at least one sick partner end in divorce, but the risk of separation for older couples was higher when the wife, not her husband, was ill.

Read more here.


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Child Support in KS

From the Chanute Tribune:

The Kansas Department of Children and Families is developing a program to supply non-custodial parents relief from child support arrears (unpaid child support) dedicated to replace Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit funds.

Under the program, non-custodial parents ordered to pay child support to custodial parents receiving TANF benefits would have the option of opening a savings account for their children and receiving relief from child support arrears.

Read more here.


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Child Support in Australia

From the Australian:

THE Abbott government has called for a parliamentary inquiry into how the child support system works, including links between it and the Family Court.

The last Coalition government, the Howard government, held a historic parliamentary inquiry into the child custody system that led to widespread changes including “shared parenting”.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has announced it has commenced a new inquiry into the Child Support Program, as requested by the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Child Support in NJ

From CBS Philly:

New Jersey is offering a one-week amnesty program for parents who owe child support.

Parents who are behind on their child support payments can avoid jail time and other penalties if they come in to make payments or to work out payment plans, says Camden County freeholder Scot McCray.

Read more here.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Divorce Division of Lotto Millions

From USA Today:

A man who won $2 million in the Hoosier Lottery while separated from his wife has to give her only 2.5% of the winnings, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.


Judges in "separate property" states may divide assets "in any manner that is just and reasonable, and that determination depends on the facts of the case," said Margaret Ryznar, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

"Often the court will divide marital assets in a proportion resembling 50-50, but there is room for departure depending on the court's judgment," she explained.

"Here, the departure is not surprising given that the husband and wife were living entirely separate lives by the time of the lotto winnings. Thus, while this is an interesting case to see how an Indiana court would divide lotto winnings in an estranged marriage, the result may differ in the next case depending on the facts of that marriage."

Read more here.


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