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  • 17 Feb. 2014

    Seeking Justice in Civil Court From a False Claim of Marriage in Family Law Court

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    A common scenario in a so-called Marvin Action between cohabitating adults who've split up starts with the plaintiff filing a petition for dissolution of marriage in family law court. The plaintiff claims, under penalty of perjury, that the couple entered into valid marriage which now entitles him or her to spousal support and half of the community property amassed during the relationship. The ...
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  • 10 Feb. 2014

    Protect Yourself By Documenting Voluntary Support Payments

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    If you're making voluntary support payments to your spouse, you need to make sure you're receiving credit for those payments and reaping the tax benefits. Spousal support payments are tax-deductible for the payor, and includable as income for the payee-spouse. However, in order to claim deductibility, those support payments need to be recorded in writing by court order or voluntary ...
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  • 3 Feb. 2014

    Family Support: A Way To Harvest Tax Advantages

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    In family law cases, the court can order that child or spousal support be paid. While necessary, these orders can wreak havoc on a family's finances. And in divorce actions, there is hardly ever enough money to go around. The rule of thumb is this: child support is not tax deductible for the payor, but spousal support is. This can provide a significant tax advantage to the payor, and the ...
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