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November 2014 Archives

How do Florida courts establish paternity in child support cases?

Generally speaking, a child has a legal father if the child's parents are married at the moment it is born. If, however, the parents are not married at the time of birth, the child does not have a legal father, meaning that if the prospective father wishes to exercise his rights he must proactively establish paternity. Establishing paternity is very important if the mother is interested in getting child support from the father of the child.

I receive alimony, do I have to report it to the IRS?

Broadly speaking, alimony must be reported as income when a federal tax return form is filed with the IRS, regardless of whether the payment is made as a result of divorce proceedings or under a separate maintenance decree. Payments made under a written separation agreement between former spouses also falls into this category and must be reported as income to the IRS.

Can a prenuptial agreement protect inherited assets?

If a married couple wants to protect any inheritance either of them may have received from being equally distributed between both partners in the event of divorce, some planning may be required. While not always considered "romantic," thinking about a potential future divorce may save a couple headaches later.

Child custody: navigating the issues

Separated and divorced parents' child custody or timesharing disputes can be difficult to negotiate for the former parents but, if not negotiated responsibly, they can be detrimental to the children's wellbeing as well. In order to maintain and support a child's healthy and well balanced development they must spend adequate quality time with their parents.

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