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Adoption is a process that can have many twists and turns. The steps and procedures may be overwhelming for anyone going through it for the first time, especially in the case of a private adoption.

Getting married is an exciting time for couples – from the engagement celebrations to the wedding to the honeymoon. All these events take planning, and one thing couples should also plan for is how to handle the financial aspects of their future marriage. This financial planning may involve creating a prenuptial agreement, which is also […]

Filing your taxes can be a complicated task, and for those that have a custody schedule or order for your child, you may have additional questions when it comes to your income tax return.  You may be wondering if you are able to claim your child as a dependent and what factors are considered when […]

If you’re in a situation where you’re paying or receiving alimony, there are a few rules to consider when filing your taxes. Unless agreed upon otherwise in your settlement, spousal support, alimony pendente lite (support during the pendency of the divorce) and alimony payments received during the year are treated as taxable income while payments made during the year are treated as tax deductible. There are other factors to consider when filing your taxes if alimony is involved, and below are a few questions and answers to help.

If an interest in a small business or closely held business arises during the marriage, divorce will typically involve the distribution of the business to one spouse; a buy-out of the other’s interest is often necessary, as divorcing spouses cannot be expected to work together.  However, where spouses will have little contact, the court may […]

What date is used to value marital property during equitable distribution of the marital estate? Because the value of some assets fluctuates from time to time, the valuation date of marital property is generally the time of distribution unless the property is no longer in existence. In some instances, a date of separation value may […]

Marital Property is a property interest acquired between the date of marriage and final separation of husband and wife. Property is marital regardless of whether it is held in joint or individual names if acquired during this time period, unless it was acquired in exchange for pre-marital, gift or inherited property (non-marital or separate property).  […]

Spousal support, alimony pendente lite (support during the pendency of the divorce) and alimony payments are treated as taxable income to the payee and deductible to the payor for tax purposes.  However, child support payments are neither taxable income to the payee, nor tax deductible to the payor.  Court orders that include spousal support or […]

During high net worth divorces when well-compensated spouses divorce, one issue that may arise is how to deal with stock options held by a spouse as part of his or her benefit package.  In Pennsylvania, such stock options are considered a form of deferred compensation designed to induce the employee/spouse to remain loyal to the […]

A party’s right to claim one’s child as a dependent on income tax returns depends upon the number of overnight custody periods the child spends with that parent.  The parent with the greater number of overnight custody periods of the child during a tax year will be entitled to claim the child as a dependent […]