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Watch what you say in divorce proceedings

In high asset divorces, it comes as no surprise the lengths that divorcing parties go to harm each other. They may lodge disparaging comments against each other and may even attempt to sabotage property meant to be divided. However, the consequences seem to be lost on them. We find it appropriate to highlight a story where badmouthing cost a divorcing party a substantial amount of money.

According to an ABA Journal report, a partner in a high-powered New York law firm was victimized by his soon-to-be ex-wife who made disparaging comments about his willingness to pay for his daughter’s hearing aids.

Another reason why child support is expensive

It may go without saying that child support is expensive; but it certainly makes sense given that raising children is quite costly. From diapers and formula to clothes and transportation, the little, seemingly inconsequential costs add up, and this is before the child begins kindergarten.

Those who get sticker shock when considering the amount to be paid in monthly child support should understand that it is commonly comprised of three elements: basic support, which is geared toward food and clothing; medical support, which is to help defray the costs of health care; and child care support, which is for day care expenses. 

Social media traps to avoid during divorce

Social media has become so pervasive that it is commonplace for people to share intimate moments of their lives with others over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While this makes for interesting topics of discussion, it could be also lead to disaster; especially for people going through child custody disputes.

There are countless stories and “OMG” moments where parents in custody disputes have torpedoed their cases because of errant comments on social media outlets. Examples include disparaging comments about a parent through a Facebook account or profiles on dating sites indicating that a person is not married or does not have children (while in the midst of a custody dispute). Some may have pictures of themselves partying while they claim that they live conservative, responsible lives.

Co-parenting apps that can come in handy for divorcees

The famous phrase “there’s an app for that” has made its way into post divorce parenting. It seems obvious that smartphone apps would be ideal for parents who are making their way through their new lives while trying to get along and have a working relationship, but many newly divorced or separated parents do not use them.

With that, we dedicate this post to introducing a few important apps that can make life easier.

How to prepare for tax time during divorce

In a prior post, we presented a post on basic tax questions to ask your attorney as you prepare for divorce. With the federal income tax filing deadline just under two weeks away (April 15), we find it appropriate to revisit tax issues. A recent Forbes article highlighted some important points for potential divorcees to consider, especially women who are stay-at-home moms; even though the advice could be applicable to both men and women.

We will note some of these points here.

Helpful and protective steps for finances during divorce

Most people getting divorced have two primary fears: how much time will they be able to spend with their kids (for those who have children), and how much will the divorce cost. The cost question has just as much to do with how much debt they will be liable for as it will pertain to how much they will continue to pay through spousal support.

It is not uncommon for a spiteful spouse to run up credit cards, abscond with money from joint bank accounts or vandalize property in a fit of rage. While the injured spouse may ultimately obtain a court order enabling them to recover the money, some property may not ever be recovered or be the same.

Because of this, it is prudent for divorcing parties to protect themselves. This post will provide some helpful tips. 

Could Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin be divorcing?

In what is arguably the first major celebrity break up story of the year, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have announced that they are separating. According to a recent USA Today report, the couple made the news public through Paltrow’s lifestyle website GOOP.com.

In a blog post entitled, “Conscious Uncoupling,” the couple explained how they sadly decided to go their separate ways. They also explained that they had been working on their marriage for more than a year and that they will still love each other even though they are breaking up. 

Beware of dating during a divorce

The question of whether or not to date during divorce proceedings is commonly a difficult one to answer. While it is understandable that a person dealing with emotional pain would find comfort in someone else, the implications as it pertains to child custody and parenting time can be troubling.

Essentially, divorcing parents may be angry about the prospect of their children being around (or parented by) the boyfriend or girlfriend of a soon-to-be spouse. This can create a great deal of unwanted emotional baggage which can manifest itself in bad decisions. For example, a parent may invite a physical confrontation with new love interest over his or her interest over the child.

Can infidelity clauses actually deter cheating?

If you are considering a prenuptial agreement as part of your marriage, chances are it is to protect assets or income from being misclassified as marital property. However, a growing number of spouses-to-be are including “lifestyle” clauses to define roles in their marriages and to set standards for conduct.

One of the most popular clauses are “infidelity” clauses. The name speaks for itself; essentially, a spouse who cheats in the marriage may be liable for paying a certain amount to the other spouse as a penalty, in addition to ending the marriage. Perhaps this is another example of everyday people taking cues from celebrities. A recent Forbes report highlighted the rumored infidelity clause in Jessical Biel and Justin Timberlake’s prenup that calls for him to pay Biel $500,000 if he cheats.

Tax questions to discuss with your attorney

With the federal income tax filing deadline just a few weeks away, we find it prudent to write a post on the various tax issues that can come about when people are getting divorced. Indeed, divorce can be a stroll in to uncharted waters with regard to a number of financial issues, but it is tax time that may scare people the most.

This is likely because of the horror stories some ex-spouses may learn about. For example, the husband, or wife, who had been cheating on their taxes for years, only for the innocent spouse to learn about it through an IRS audit. Or the spouse who initiated a divorce in March of last year only to have it finalized in January of this year, but lived separately for the majority of the year and wants to know what his or her tax filing status would be.