What types of payments qualify as alimony for tax purposes?

If you’re getting a divorce involving alimony, it’s important to understand the tax consequences. It may seem like a small thing, considering the wide variety of critical issues you’re facing in divorce, but it’s not. Whether you’re paying or receiving, alimony can...

What to do when a child does not want to visit

During a divorce or child custody dispute, parents may deal with situations where a child will not want to spend time with a non-custodial parent. Essentially, instances may arise where a child becomes anxious about exchanges or may be hostile about going over to the...

What is a qualified domestic relations order?

The term “marital assets” tends to bring up thoughts of the family home, the heirloom furniture, the vehicles and the joint bank accounts. However, some of the most significant marital assets are actually the spouses’ retirement accounts. Depending on a variety of...

What happens to kids when parents fight

Conflict between parents is inevitable–but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson. When I was a child, my parents’ fights could suck the oxygen out of a room. My mother verbally lashed my father, smashed jam jars, and...

What do courts consider in move away cases

It is an unfortunate, yet common part of divorce; one parent may choose to move away with the children. Sometimes a change is necessary because a parent recently receives a new job or promotion that takes them to a new city or state. In some instances, a parent may...