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June 2017 Archives

The deductible nature of alimony

When a Maryland couple gets a divorce, there are several factors that govern the tax treatment of alimony. Under the Internal Revenue Code, the person making alimony payments can deduct them while the recipient has to include the payments in income. However, there are a few requirements that need to be met, and a 2017 U.S. Tax Court case illustrates this.

Why paternity matters to you and your child

Paternity is an important fact to prove if you're unsure if a child is yours. Paternity isn't just for your benefit. While it can help you obtain and confirm your parental rights, paternity also helps your child know where he or she came from, your medical history and other important information.

Getting a child support agreement

Divorcing Maryland parents have multiple options when it comes to obtaining child support. They can take part in informal negotiations with the assistance of their respective attorneys or use alternative dispute resolution proceedings that take place away from the court. No matter how an agreement is reached, it will likely still be necessary to obtain court approval to verify that it is in compliance with child support state regulations.

The link between unemployment and divorce

Maryland couples might be more likely to divorce if the husband does not work full time. According to a study conducted by a Harvard sociology professor, a wife's economic independence has little bearing on whether or not her marriage lasts. Household chores also do not appear to be an issue. However, in any given year, if a husband worked full time, the marriage had a 2.5 percent chance of ending in divorce. If the husband only worked part time, the likelihood rose to 3.3 percent.

Nesting as a way of helping children adjust to divorce

Maryland parents who are ending their marriage and who are concerned about how a divorce could cause a disruption in their children's lives may want to consider an option known as nesting. With this arrangement, children remain in the family home while parents share custody and take turns living in the home. While this may present a number of challenges, it can also provide children with stability.