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November 2018 Archives

Positive outcomes are also a likely part of the divorce landscape

In California, the holidays are celebrated by people of many different backgrounds at this time of the year. For those who are intending to file for divorce or find themselves already in such legal proceedings, it can be a difficult time to retain a positive attitude, especially with memories of lost dreams being intensified by holiday festivities. Fortunately, the picture does not have to be so gloomy as there are reasons to keep one's spirits high and engaged.

Divorce settlements hampered by new tax law rules

Divorce law may get a bit more difficult for practitioners in California and elsewhere after the end of the year. It may also get a bit more expensive for some clients to get a divorce at that time. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress eliminates the alimony deduction for payers as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Divorce could come with some nasty financial surprises for women

Women are very independent these days, and that includes financially, even if married. California couples often share assets though, and when they're headed for divorce court, a woman may not be prepared for what that could do to her financial situation. A recent survey turned up some startling information: 46 percent of women surveyed admitted that divorce was accompanied by some financial surprises.

Giuliani and wife clash as they begin to divide property

California residents may be aware that former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife Judith are moving through a high asset divorce. As they navigate that process, the couple are at odds over how much money Mr. Giuliani is bringing in. According to his 2017 tax returns, he made $9.5 million last year. As the couple negotiate how to divide property, however, Giuliani claims his income has dropped off drastically this year. 

Domestic violence restraining order does not always remove guns

California law prohibits persons who are under the constraints of a domestic violence restraining order from having a gun. However, local authorities have experienced that it is not so easy to enforce and track the gun status of an individual under a restraining order. In one California county, a domestic violence study has been accompanied with public meetings to determine the extent of the problem and what can be done for easier enforcement.

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