Income Tax Questions for the Recently Divorced

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by Jimmy Verner of Verner, Brumley, McCurley, Mueller, Parker April 15 is quickly approaching which means you need to start thinking about filing your taxes, but what if you are recently divorced? How will your divorce affect your federal income tax filing? Two of the biggest differences you will face are your filing status and how to treat alimony or maintenance. If you have kids, then you must also know how to handle child support and dependency exemption. Read more »

15 Breakup Movies to Watch on Netflix

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Ellen Huerta Founder of Mend When you’re going through a breakup, a little escape can be welcome relief. While some people prefer to cope by laughing, others prefer to be met right where they are with plenty of angst. Whatever your style, here are some Netflix picks to get you through. Classic Fave: Bridget Jones’s Diary Our list had to start with the ultimate lovable-average-girl, played by Renée Zellweger. Classic Fave: Legally Blonde Who can forget … Read more »

When Couples Fight Through Kids

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by Amy Begel Family Therapist New York City When Couples Fight Through the Kids One of the most common themes from my family therapy practice is the way well-meaning parents often carry on their battles through their kids. First, let me say that this is something that happens with “good people”, with seemingly “good” marriages. Often, in fact, couples don’t even know they’re doing this. It’s one of those insidious patterns that gets started, almost unconsciously , … Read more »

Cohabitating Couples: How to Avoid Legal Disputes

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Joslin Davis of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers discusses the legal disputes between couples who cohabitate, and what you can do to avoid them. Plus, how to protect yourself when filing your taxes online. Please use this link to watch her podacst on the Wall Street Journal Watching your Wealth-http://www.wsj.com/podcasts/cohabitating-couples-how-to-avoid-legal-disputes/C2EE7435-9D21-42BC-A1CA-E3BE4A6FB74C.html Sandra Morgan Little, Roberta Batley, and Jan Gilman-Tepper are all members of the AAML. Being a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers™ means: The attorney … Read more »

Business partners’ divorce fraught with traps

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Albuquerque Journal March 7,2016. It’s common to refer to a romantically involved couple as partners. But, sometimes, the couple are partners in another sense, as well, as suggested by the familiar phrase “mom and pop business.” More than 80 percent of American businesses are family-owned, according to figures gathered by the University of Vermont, and they account for 57 percent of the gross national product. But what happens when Mom and Pop divorce? I asked Sandra … Read more »

How To Divorce Like A Grown-Up (And Co-Parent Like One, Too)

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Brittany Wong Divorce Editor, The Huffington Post Here’s how to split up as amicably as possible. The divorce process can be ugly or remarkably civil. If you’re hoping to split up amicably, it’s important to first do your homework, advised Morghan Richardson, a divorce attorney based in Astoria, New York. “Just a little information about the start of the process can go a long way in establishing that you are using the divorce process as a tool, … Read more »