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Film Provides Fodder for Paternity Discussion with Manhattan Backdrop

Determining who a child’s father is hard on everyone involved. It’s not exactly a leading storyline for the silver screen. But a recent movie called “Don’t Worry Baby” provides a framework for discussion of the important issue of child paternity. The story takes place in Manhattan. A fashion designer mother who had taken a hiatus…
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Avoiding Insurance Revenge While Your Divorce Is Pending

Insurance revenge? Did you even know that such a thing existed? In a divorce, emotions run high. Too often, spouses do things to hurt one another. One of the best-known examples is draining a bank account. However, spouses can exploit their close relationship to hurt each other in insurance matters. When they do, this insurance…
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Who Can Claim a Child as a Dependent after a Divorce?

The year your divorce is final, there are fundamental changes to your federal taxes. For instance, your filing status—married or single—is determined as of the last day of the tax year. Another significant change involves who may claim a child as a dependent. When a couple is married, it is usually more favorable to file…
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Telling Your Friends and Family You’re Getting Divorced

Divorce is a significant, life-changing event. Even those who affirmatively make the decision often have mixed feelings. The thought of announcing the news to friends, family, and even strangers can evoke feelings of anxiety. It is hard to know how to respond to someone who tells you they are getting a divorce. Do you congratulate…
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3 Tips for Helping your Attorney in a Divorce

When you hire a divorce attorney, you are paying for the lawyer’s legal skills, experience, and knowledge, all measured by time. Clients often want to know what they can do to help their attorneys get them the best result for the lowest cost. There are three essential things you can do: provide all relevant information,…
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Is It Harder for Children of Divorced Couples to Have Successful Marriages?

“Intergenerational transmission of divorce.” This is the term used by those who study the seeming tendency toward divorce of those whose own parents divorced. Society has long debated issues surrounding children of “broken homes.” One area focuses on whether children of divorced parents are themselves more likely to divorce. Indeed, numerically speaking, this does appear…
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Spousal Maintenance and the “Tax Man”

Divorce sometimes has its bittersweet moments. That certainly applies to payments of spousal maintenance for both the payer and the recipient because of the tax implications. For the party making maintenance payments, the bitterness of parting with your income is sweetened by the fact that the payments are generally tax deductible. This is true whether…
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