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Divorce & Electronic Exposure

Almost everyone now understands that their postings on Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram (and in all Social Media Sites and platforms) may be unearthed in a divorce proceeding. Pictures and comments may haunt someone in a divorce proceeding. I had a male client, whose girlfriend posted a Facebook picture of her new large diamond ring on the afternoon that the divorce was heard. On the next day, my client's spouse called her attorney about the picture and I received a call from the wife's attorney asking what money my client had hidden in order to buy the ring. Luckily, he had the receipt that he had charged the entire amount of the ring. Clearly, this demonstrates the problems caused by a careless Facebook post.

Divorce Does Not Have to be Hard.

Years ago, I used that phrase over and over about Divorce. Then it became stale because I used it too often. But, I need to get back to it.

Alimony & Taxes

Alimony affected taxes in the past. Alimony has been a deduction from income when the payor files his/her income tax return. If the payor earned $100,000 in a year and paid $1,000 a month in alimony, his/her taxable income would be $88,000. The $12,000 per year alimony would be added to the recipient's income and he/she would pay taxes on the alimony received.

Taxes - Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit came into existence with the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Taxes need to be considered when negotiating a divorce when there are children. Previously in divorces, parties considered who would claim the children as dependents on an income tax return. The Rhode Island Child Support Guidelines suggests that the custodial parent would claim the exemption.

Workers' Compensation - Receive benefits even when no lost time

Receive workers' compensation benefits even if you have not missed a day out of work. Sounds crazy? It is not.

Workers' Compensation - Receive benefits even when no lost time

Receive workers' compensation benefits even if you have not missed a day out of work. Sounds crazy? It is not.

Living with a Narcissist?

Living with a narcissist may be difficult. Through almost 40 years working with people where one of the parties is a narcissist, I learned that psychologists and other mental health professionals have a lot more knowledge about people with narcissistic attitudes or tendencies than I will.  Yet, I have worked with couples in divorce mediation where one of the parties is a narcissist nd have found ways to help lead them to a reasonable settlement of their divorce issues.

Cohabitation, Children and Governmental Benefits

More people enter a Cohabitation Agreement.  Fewer couples are marrying as more live together without the formality of a marriage. Cohabiting couples buy or rent homes together, plan their futures together and bring up families together; often, people think that the only difference is a marriage certificate.

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