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Featured Blog Posts – March 2009 Archive (5)

Transfer of Property Incident to Divorce: Tax Benefit

Many of us have worked on cases where the ultimate property settlement was hampered due to lack of liquidity. This often occurs in families where the most significant asset is either a closely held business or real estate.



Often one of the parties requests that the ultimate disposition of these non-liquid assets be finalized some time in the future when the closely held business or real estate interest is sold. He or she further posits that the real value of these assets will only be… Continue

Added by Sue K. Varon on March 30, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Sensible Steps for Divorced and Stepfamilies

Last Thursday night, March 26, 2009, I presented a tele-class about issues related to re-coupling after divorce. Susan Epstein of Parenting Powers asked some great questions and contributed a stepfamily story of her own.



Below are a few of the things I talked about:



1) How fairy tales, books, and movies inaccuracy depict step families (AKA blended families).



They either portray the stepfamily as one in which they overcome many problems and then live "happily… Continue

Added by Judy M. Graybill on March 30, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

How To Save $37,500 On Legal Fees AND Protect Your Co-Parenting Relationship

This will probably surprise you but divorce is NOT a legal issue, it is a personal issue and most people should get a divorce with little or no lawyer involvement. If you want to have the smoothest divorce possible the solution is to resolve your problems outside of court.



1. Avoid Lawyers and Courts as much as possible! The first thing you should know is that our legal system is not child-focused or family-friendly; it is adversarial by nature. The emotional and financial price you… Continue

Added by Belinda Rachman, Esq. on March 27, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

New IRS Rules for Claiming the Child Dependency Exemption

With tax season in our midst, the question of claiming the child dependency exemption is consistently posed by our clients. Here is a recent development that you should keep in mind. As you may know, the non-custodial parent can claim the child dependency exemption, as long as the custodial parent signs a waiver promising not to claim the exemption. This is typically accomplished by the use of IRS Form 8332 (which was revised in January 2009.) Recent amendments to IRS regulations provide that a… Continue

Added by Sue K. Varon on March 17, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Divorce 360 Reviews "Happily Divorced!"

The mega-divorce site, Divorce 360, has reviewed founding member Cynthia Tiano's book and audio program, "Happily Divorced! Secrets of the Win-Win Formula". Here is what they had to say:



"Cynthia Tiano was once considered a "killer" as a divorce attorney. She was respected by fellow attorneys and feared by their clients, who worried what they'd lose when they faced her in divorce court. It wasn't until her own divorce that she began to wonder about her tactics.



"I… Continue

Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on March 4, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

What Is a Caucus?

One of the guiding values in mediation and collaborative law is transparency. It comes with the territory when one is trying to establish trust with two different parties. Sometimes an issue may arise that one party may wish not to discuss in front of the other. If they both agree, separate meetings may take place. These meetings are called caucuses.Caucuses can be…See More
Oct 22
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

How Important Is the Budget in Divorce Planning?

I think everyone’s least favorite word is BUDGET. Why don’t we want to hear that word? Think about it: We’re asking ourselves to do something we don’t want to do — or worse yet, someone else is asking us to do it. While we might not like them, having a budget does help. In divorce planning — whether you are going to litigation,…See More
Sep 18
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

21st Century Parenting Plans

I remember when the default custody arrangement had one parent as the custodial parent, and the other parent was known as the “Disneyland parent.” They had their children every other weekend, and maybe once during the week for dinner. Today it is more common to see joint parenting time consist of one week on, and one week off or “two-two-five-five” time,…See More
Aug 15
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Including a Financial Professional in Your Mediation

Very often, couples who are divorcing amicably, or who have straightforward financial situations, will forgo meeting with a financial professional while they go through mediation. Though this may seem logical on its face, “going it alone” may result in unnecessary hardship and inaccurate calculations.  It is easy to simply look at a tax table today and say “I am going…See More
Jul 30
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

What About the House?

Going through divorce means dealing with hundreds of details, some more important than others. One detail that merits extra contemplation is how to deal with the marital home.Does one spouse want to keep it because the children still live there? You don't want to disrupt their lives any more than is already happening. What if the children are grown? Do you still need that much of a house?Here are the three most common means of dealing with the house in divorce:Selling the house and dividing the…See More
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