Yearly Archives: 2012

Prepayment of Alimony is not Tax Deductible

November 08, 2012 | Alimony, Blog, Court Decisions

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Under federal tax laws, alimony payments are deductible, but only if they meet all of the legal requirements. One of the most important requirements is that alimony payments must be paid in connection with a “divorce or separation instrument,” which means a written agreement or court order. Any payment that is not made under a divorce or separation instrument is not tax deductible, even if the written agreement or court […]

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Pollock Begg Receives Best Law Firms Tier One Designation for 2013

November 05, 2012 | Press Releases

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PITTSBURGH — Boutique family law firm Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC is a 2013 Tier One Best Law Firms recipient in the area of family law, according to rankings released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Pollock Begg is one of only six in the Pittsburgh area to qualify for the first-tier rankings in family law. The distinction designates a combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. […]

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Divorce is No Excuse for Not Filing Tax Returns

November 04, 2012 | Blog, Court Decisions, Tax Issues

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Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the IRS generally will not consider divorce as a good excuse for being late in filing income tax returns. In Cayabyab v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-89 (2012), the taxpayer did not file his 2006 federal income tax return by the deadline (April 15, 2007). The IRS sent him a letter in September 2009, requesting that he file his 2006 return, which was already overdue […]

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Relocating Parent Must Get Permission for Interstate Move

October 27, 2012 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions

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Custody relocation cases are among the hardest decisions that judges face. When parents cross state lines to relocate, the courts must decide which judge has jurisdiction, before addressing the substantive question of where the children will live. These issues were met head-on by Superior Court Judge Eugene Strassberger, of Allegheny County, in M.E.V. v. R.D.V., 2012 PA Super 233 (October 23, 2012). A good decision conveys a satisfying sense of justice and […]

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