Category: Alimony

5 Sets of Documents to Gather Before Filing for Support

October 09, 2018 | Alimony, Blog, Child Support, Spousal Support - APL

Icon for author Joseph Williams Joseph Williams

Separating from your spouse is overwhelming, especially for someone who is financially dependent on their partner. In Pennsylvania, the law allows a parent who exercises primary custody of a minor child or a parent who has shared custody but makes less money than the other party to file for child support. Similarly, while a divorce is pending, the lesser earning spouse might have a claim for spousal support or alimony […]

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Will Divorce Be More Expensive in 2019?

July 09, 2018 | Alimony, Blog, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Tax Issues

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

On December 31, 2018, the tax deduction for alimony will be ending under new federal tax laws.  If you are in the middle of a divorce, or thinking about it, you might want to sit up and take notice. As author of the legal tax reference Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation, I’ve been reporting on and teaching colleagues all about these changes. Here are some explanations why decisive action […]

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Settle Your Divorce Before the Alimony Tax Deduction Is Repealed

April 01, 2018 | Alimony, Blog, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Tax Issues

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Spouses who are separated should act promptly to settle their divorce cases, before changes in the federal tax law make it more difficult next year. Back in December 2017, the U.S. Congress passed a law that makes sweeping changes in federal income tax. Many personal tax deductions have been repealed, including the right to deduct alimony from taxable income. The repeal of the alimony tax deduction affects divorce settlements and […]

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Double Dip Prohibited in Divorce: IRA Edition

April 19, 2013 | Alimony, Blog, Court Decisions, Divorce, Equitable Distribution

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

A recurring issue in divorce litigation is the treatment of marital assets that generate income, such as pensions, rental real estate and businesses. Pennsylvania case law establishes clearly that these assets can be divided as property in equitable distribution or counted as income for alimony, but not both. A recent decision published by Adams County Judge Robert G. Bigham applies this law and logic to IRA distributions, in Sealander v. […]

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