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Tax Changes for Maintenance and Alimony

On April 20, 2018

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The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 has made a big and significant change to alimony and maintenance. Beforehand, alimony and maintenance were deductible for payers on their federal return and were reported as income by the receiver. In most cases, the payer is in a higher bracket so they were able to deduct […]

Should Cost of Sale Reduce the Value of a Home in a Divorce

On April 19, 2018

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As home prices rapidly increase in Austin, taking into account the cost of sale of a home is becoming a bigger deal in divorce settlement agreements and judgements. As an example, in a divorce trial Spouse A wants to keep the marital home worth $500,000 but only once the cost of sale in the future […]

Emergency Jurisdiction

On April 12, 2018

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As more people move to Austin from both around the country and around the world, jurisdictional issues have become more prominent in local family law. One of the most frequent questions I receive is about “emergency jurisdiction.” This arises when a Court in another state has jurisdiction, but the child and a parent are in […]