Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Rules of Taxes and Spousal Support

Posted Date:December 28, 2015

Taxes and Spousal Support

Understanding the tax implications of spousal and child support is important for anyone going through a divorce as either the payer or the payee.

If you pay spousal support – also known as alimony – you may deduct that payment from your taxable income. If you receive spousal support, you must report that on your taxes as taxable income. Because taxes are not withheld from the alimony payment you should consider how you plan to pay the taxes on this income. If this is your only income, consider filing quarterly tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Should I Get a Second Opinion from Another Attorney?

Posted Date:December 26, 2015 | Categories:

Second Opinion Family Law Attorney

If you feel as though your case could benefit from a second opinion, by all means, seek a second opinion from another attorney. But there are a few things you should be prepared with when seeking a second attorney opinion. If you seek a second opinion in a medical matter, you would naturally need to have your records and information available to the second physician in order for him or her to make an informed diagnosis. The same is true in an attorney second opinion. You will need to bring with you a complete copy of your file.  In addition you should prepare a chronology of your legal matter, and finally a list of your concerns that brought you to seek a second opinion.

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Tips to Prepare For Divorce Proceedings

Posted Date:December 22, 2015 | Categories:

Divorce Proceedings Ohio
  1. Be sure to choose an attorney who has a range of resources at his or her disposal to help you through the entire divorce process. This includes forensic accountants, psychologists, mediators, arbitrators, and private judges.
  1. If you have children, helping them through the divorce is of primary importance. There are many resources available to help explain what is happening in a way that does not end up damaging your children. Please do not manipulate your children or use them as tools against your soon-to-be ex. Let them keep their innocence as much as possible through this process.

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Binding Arbitration vs. Mediation

Posted Date:December 10, 2015 | Categories:

Binding Arbitration and Mediation Ohio

Mediation and Arbitration are two different processes, but share some similarities.

Binding arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party listens to both sides of the divorce dispute and makes a decision that both parties must abide by.

Mediation, on the other hand, allows the spouses to negotiate with one another directly with the assistance of a mediator. In this instance, the spouses, with the help of the mediator, craft the terms of their divorce together, while the mediator guides that discussion. Unlike a judge or arbiter, the mediator does not have the power to make the agreement legally binding, but helps the couple negotiate with one another to come up with the terms of their divorce.

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