The recent sweeping tax law, signed by President Donald Trump, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), among other things disposed of the 75-year-old tax deduction for the payment of alimony (also known as spousal support). The deductibility of alimony paid by a spouse meant the recipient of alimony was to pay taxes on the receipt of this money. … Continued
While most Family Law courts recognize a prevailing precedent that no one may be compelled to work after the usual retirement age of 65 in order to pay the same level of spousal support as when they were employed, courts are concurrently wary of individuals who deliberately shirk their support obligations by refusing to work, retiring early, or restructuring the … Continued
Reprinted from the Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Cara L. Boroda’s article titled “Immigrant Sponsorship and Spousal Support Obligations”. Download the article
A self-employed party to a family law matter can present a unique set of challenges for a family law attorney when it comes to determining income available for support, as well as other financial issues. Regardless of the particular profession that the self-employed individual may have — gardener, mechanic, lawyer or movie producer — if that person is not keeping … Continued
As women continue to make significant strides in the workforce, the stereotypical role of the “breadwinner” in the family is changing. No longer is the breadwinner always the man in the family. More than ever, increasingly more women are bringing home the bacon. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, 29.3 percent of … Continued
He’s making a living, working 9 to 5, but now his wife believes he could be making more. He’s a smart man, with a Master’s degree, and 18 years of experience in his field. However, he earns under $75,000 a year, and with the possibility of a spousal support order in the distant future, his wife believes her soon-to-be ex-husband … Continued
The receipt of spousal support and a share of the community property in a divorce does not relieve the spouse who is being financially supported from being accountable for his or her financial future. Just when one thinks they are free from scrutiny, they are not. Supported spouses (in other words, a divorced spouse who receives support payments as part … Continued
Reprinted from the Thursday, October 29, 2014 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Cara L. Boroda’s article titled “Annulments can get messy if you sponsored citizenship” explores the grounds of annulment and the crossover issue of immigration sponsorship by a spouse. Download this article (pdf).
Many people rely on marriage as a financial plan. In other words, one spouse – often the wife – is primarily or wholly financially dependent upon the other. Many little girls were told to find a Prince Charming – not just for good looks, but for financial support – and that has often led wives to accept and endorse the … Continued
I am sure you are shocked by this statement. Not because you are shocked on behalf of the rapist, but rather you are shocked that a rapist can collect support against his or her spouse. Well, that is the current state of the law, as evidenced by a decision in San Diego, CA which prompted legislation on this matter.