Family Law

Alimony Tax Deduction and New Tax Bill

November 3, 2017
Posted in Family Law

The new Republican tax bill contains a little publicized provision with significance in the family law area. In particular, the bill eliminates the alimony tax deduction for all post 2017 alimony orders or agreements (and could possibly impact such orders and agreements in place before the end of 2017 if a post 2017 modification occurs). […]

Divorce Code Amended to Reduce Separation Period

December 9, 2016
Posted in Family Law

Effective as of December 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Divorce Code has been amended to substantially reduce the period of time that spouses have to be living separate and apart before one spouse can attempt to obtain a divorce decree without the consent of the other spouse. That waiting period has now been reduced from two […]

“Common Law” Marriage Equality for Same Sex Couples

April 27, 2016
Posted in Family Law

Under Pennsylvania law, there is no inheritance tax due on transfers of property to a surviving spouse.  Yet, prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania in 2014, surviving partners of same-sex relationships were treated as “legal strangers” and required to pay a fifteen percent (15%) tax on inheritances received from their partners.  While […]

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