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August 2018 Archives

How tax reform can affect a divorce

Arizona couples who decide to divorce may see their financial plans affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed Congress and was signed into law into December 2017. The financial aspects of divorce may outweigh the practical and emotional consequences of the end of a marriage, and this can often be the case when taxes are involved. One of the most significant changes put in place by the tax reform bill essentially reverses how alimony and spousal support payments are treated in the tax code.

Determining payments in child support cases

Determining child support is a complex process that some divorcees struggle with. The Child Support Enforcement Agency, or CSEA, has established federal guidelines regarding how much parents must pay, but every case is slightly different. Those who live in Arizona also need to take state laws and regulations into consideration. Here is a closer look at how child support is determined and what steps parents must take when going through this process.

The importance of a family business valuation during divorce

Every divorce in Arizona requires full disclosure of marital assets before proceeding with the property division process. When a marital estate includes a family business, the process becomes more complicated. A current valuation of the business must be completed. The couple will probably need to retain an independent party who can to examine the books and other assets to establish the value.

Mistakes people make during divorce

Divorce is not easy. In fact, it can be quite complicated in different ways. Because of this, people going through a divorce or thinking about a divorce can make mistakes that can damage their future.

Property division tips for older adults in a divorce

The Pew Research Center reports that older couples are divorcing twice as often as they did in the 1990s, and this means that more Arizona couples who divorce may be dealing with complex financial matters. The increasing popularity of annuities means these are a growing factor in divorce, but the rules associated with them are complicated, and they may lose value when divided. Some couples prefer to trade assets instead of trying to split them.

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