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Tax implications of child support payments

Child support is something that parents who aren't together any longer might have to deal with. The payments are meant to help financially support the child's needs. But, were you aware the child support payments can also impact your taxes each year?

One way that child support can affect your income tax return is the determination of the filing status. For example, if you want to file head of household, you must ensure that you are the person who paid for more than half of the home's support for the year. If you and another person paid equal shares, neither person could claim head of household status.

Find solutions to your unique divorce concerns

Divorces are personal matters that can be very difficult to work through. It is all too easy to focus on why the marriage ended and to hold onto those emotions when you are going through the divorce. While it is important for you to deal with the emotions you feel, you mustn't let those emotions run the show. You have to keep a clear head and make choices that will put you in the best position possible once the divorce is finalized.

We understand that you might have trouble pushing your emotions aside for the divorce. We will stand by your side to give you a level-headed explanation of your rights and options. We will work with you to determine what points in the divorce are important to you.

What is a domestic partnership in Colorado?

Domestic partnerships are one legal option for relationships in Colorado. In some municipalities, such as the City of Boulder, you can pay a fee to have your domestic partnership registered. You don't have to be a resident of the city to take advantage of this possibility.

What do I need to do to get into a domestic partnership?

Dealing with a difficult ex

While it can often seem like the majority of divorced or divorcing couples are able to stay friends and co-parent peacefully, this just isn't always the case. Many times, there are very good reasons that the two parties are going separate ways. Often, they don't get along or aren't able to communicate effectively. If this sounds like your situation, here are some steps to take to mitigate some of the conflict and stress.

1. Don't engage in negative behavior. This includes treating your ex like a business partner and making sure all communications are as civil and neutral as possible. It also means not playing into your ex's instigating behavior. Divorce often brings out the worst in people. If your ex starts name calling or accusing you of things you didn't do, the best course of action is to walk away, document it and let your attorney know if necessary.

What issues may be affected by my child's special needs?

If you're considering a divorce and you have a special needs child, you're right to be concerned about how that may impact the terms of your divorce. In most cases, there are several things that may need to be altered to ensure that the child's best interests are being represented, including the following.

1. The parenting plan. Those with special needs children may need a much longer and much more detailed parenting plan. This is because the general plan used in most situations may not cover all of the issues both the parents and child may have to deal with. In general, the more detailed the plan the better. If you and your ex are not in agreement on the issues or you're not sure what all needs to be included in the parenting plan, talking with your attorney can give you a better idea of your options.

Making the best of your divorce

Divorce is hard even when you know it's the best course of action for the situation. There will inevitably be hard-to-navigate circumstances and challenges come up, but there are some things you can do to make the best of a difficult situation.

-- Don't turn on your spouse. You're starting to live separate lives, and that obviously means you're going to need to start pulling away from each other. However, establishing a life and identity outside of your ex doesn't mean you have to be antagonistic. Creating a toxic, high-conflict environment won't make your divorce any easier, and it can cause significant damage to your coparenting relationship, which will have a negative effect on the children.

How will getting a divorce affect my credit?

One of the many mistakes people often make when going through a divorce is assuming that it won't have that big of an impact on their finances. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In addition to the financial strain of supporting yourself on one income or establishing an independent residence, you may still also be responsible for continuing to pay some marital bills throughout the divorce, which can take months.

To protect your credit, you'll need to create a realistic budget based on your income. This may mean forgoing extra purchases for a few months or putting extra effort into funding your savings account for emergencies. Having your finances in order will take some of the stress off as well.

Should you have a prenup?

The U.S. Supreme Court decision last year was a huge one in the history of the country. Many same-sex couples immediately got married or started making plans to wed. However, now that it's been a year since the decision was handed down, some possible unseen consequences are coming to light. One of those is that many same-sex couples would benefit greatly by having a prenup in place before the wedding.

When any couple divorces, the settlement is largely based on how long the couple has been married. Generally, the longer the marriage, the more spousal support and property division become an issue. This is why many in family law are now seeing that the courts may need to make specific provisions to "tack on" the years the couple cohabitated before the marriage when making decisions about the settlement.

Child custody orders aren't permanent, modification is possible

Deciding that you need to take legal action regarding child custody is something that you probably didn't take lightly. If you are in that position, chances are good that you felt the need to protect your right to parent your child. We know that no parent wants to think about having to fight to be able to parent their child.

Once the initial child custody order was established, you probably breathed a sigh of relief because the battle was done. While you might not want to think about it right then, you might eventually have to head back to court to get the child custody order modified.

Undergoing IVF? Why an attorney is necessary

Infertilty and reproduction are delicate subjects for most, frought with emotions and anxiety. On the one hand, it may enable you to have the child you have dreamed about. On the other hand, the process is complicated and expensive. That is why when and if you decide to pursue assisted reproductive therapies (commonly known as ART), it's likely that you won't want to have to endure worst case scenarios.

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