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Is It Time to Reform California’s Alimony Laws?

by Debra Schoenberg When a couple decides to divorce, one important question I’m typically asked is how long does spousal support last? A divorced Huntington Beach man is championing a new ballot initiative that would curtail payments to former spouses to a maximum of five years following a divorce or legal separation.
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What 2019 Alimony Tax Changes Mean for Your Divorce

The recent changes to the United States tax code dramatically changed most American’s tax liabilities for the tax year 2019 and beyond. As of January 1, 2019, alimony has different tax implications for both the payer and the payee. If you expect to divorce this year, you should have some understanding of
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What is a Marvin Action?

Our readers who were around back in the 1970s may remember a case that made headlines, not to mention legal history. It also introduced the word “palimony” into the lexicon. Thanks to a 1976 California Supreme Court ruling, Michelle Triola Marvin was allowed to sue for financial support from her long-time boyfriend,
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Why is timely filing of a support order modification essential?

During a divorce, spousal support is determined based on a number of factors. However, the income and assets of both spouses are generally a prime consideration. The same is true when domestic partners break up and one is ordered to pay support to the other. However, many things change in people’s lives
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How is spousal support determined in California?

Determining what must be paid in spousal support is one of the main factors in a lot of California divorce cases. How is the judge going to decide what needs to be paid out? First, the judge is going to look at a number of key factors. These include, but are not
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Is alimony subject to a statute of limitations in California?

Unlike the laws that govern what we can and cannot do behind the wheel of a car or on U.S. roadways, there is no single handy-dandy book people can reference when it comes to legal issues concerning family law. Well, that is unless you want to reference our state’s Family Code, which
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Why are only 3 percent of alimony recipients men?

As a nation, we’ve made important strides in gender equality. Women have become an essential part of the workforce. In 40 percent of all U.S. households, women are the breadwinners. However, there is one significant area where there is still a great deal of gender disparity — alimony. According to the U.S.
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When it comes to alimony, having a good lawyer is a good idea

For many couples across the nation, money causes a majority of marital issues. Whether it’s concerns about paying bills on time or arguing about a spouse’s spending habits, these disputes can leave spouses angry and frustrated and possibly even wondering if they will ever be able to resolve their issues peacefully. But
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