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June 2017 Archives

The benefits of shared parenting

Numerous studies have found that children do better when they have two parents in their lives. Although courts in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. tend to give custody to mothers, this is starting to change across the nation. Missouri and Kentucky have recently introduced shared parenting bills. A similar bill in Florida almost passed before being vetoed at the last moment by the state's governor.

Ensuring that alimony payments are tax-deductible

After a Tennessee couples divorces, one person may owe spousal support to the other. The person who receives spousal support generally must pay taxes on it, and the person who pays support can usually take a tax deduction on the payment. However, one man who tried to claim an alimony deduction on a payment that was not included as part of his and his ex-wife's divorce agreement found that this was not possible.

How parents can create child support agreements

Tennessee parents who are getting a divorce come to a child support agreement in a variety of ways. In some cases, agreements may be made through informal talks between the parents on their own or with their respective attorneys present. However, it is also possible that agreements are made after taking part in mediation or other processes.

Changes to regulations for military divorces

When two people decide to dissolve their marriage, they must comply with state regulations. However, as Tennessee military members are probably aware, additional legalities exist when military earnings and pensions are involved. People who are in the military should stay informed about any regulation changes to avoid making potentially costly errors. One recent statutory change impacts the presentation format when applying for the division of military pay that's submitted to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service related to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.

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