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Proposed Tax Plan Would Hurt Divorced Families

Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Proposed Tax Plan Would Hurt Divorced Families

According to The Wall Street Journal reporter, Laura Saunders, the proposed Tax Plan will make being divorced even more costly and will have a direct impact on custodial parents and their children. The new bill proposed by the House would eliminate the existing tax deduction that payors of maintenance receive. According to existing law, when a higher earning former spouse pays maintenance to the lower earning former spouse, the payor receives a tax deduction and the recipient pays taxes based on a lower tax bracket. This tax benefit helps to...

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College Room and Board Credit for Child Support Payor

Posted by on October 6, 2017 in Child Support | Comments Off on College Room and Board Credit for Child Support Payor

Please see the attached post from Fabienne Swarz of Financially-Strong.com.  New York law currently permits a child support payor to deduct from child support those sums paid to a college for the student’s room and board.  Ms. Swarz reveals how this credit results in an unfair burden to the custodial parent to fund that child’s living expenses and how it effects the custodial parent’s ability to maintain the home, both for the student at college and any other children living in the home.  She also makes a suggestion that...

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Domestic Violence is Everyone’s Business

Posted by on July 8, 2016 in Domestic Violence | Comments Off on Domestic Violence is Everyone’s Business

The tragic death of Dr. Robin Goldman of Scarsdale provides an opportunity to encourage community conversations about domestic violence and is a reminder that none of us is immune to it just because we may be educated and affluent.  Domestic violence crosses all boundaries of race, ethnicity and economic groups, and we must all be aware that there are those who live in fear in their own homes and relationships. To be active members of our community means that we cannot turn a blind eye to those people trapped in an abusive relationship – by...

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