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Filing a Joint Tax Return While Divorcing? Be Careful!

Filing a Joint Tax Return While Divorcing? Be Careful! by Joshua Katz

{3:40 minutes to read} Married couples usually elect to file joint tax returns to maximize exemptions and deductions. When couples are divorcing but are still legally married, they remain entitled to the same advantages by continuing to file jointly, and may be tempted to do so. In fact, an unreasonable refusal to file jointly could be considered wasteful dissipation!

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Should the Judge in Your Custody Trial See That Video?

Should the Judge in Your Custody Trial See That Video? by Joshua Katz

{3:00 minutes to read} Is it a good idea to present video recordings to a judge as evidence in a custody trial?

There is a famous saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Consequently, many people think it would be advantageous to present an audio or even a video recording to the judge, portraying their spouse as a bad parent.

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True or False: Don’t Move out until AFTER the Divorce

True or False: Don’t Move Out Until AFTER the Divorce by Joshua Katz

{3:01 minutes to read} Call a truce or move to the couch in the den.

Do whatever you have to do to make it work, but do not move out of the house until you speak with a lawyer. Vacating the marital home and leaving the children with your spouse could adversely affect your parenting rights.

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What Is an Order of Protection?

What is an Order of Protection by Joshua Katz

{3:40 minutes to read} An order of protection begins with a family offense petition.

A family offense petition is a petition filed in the family court where one party (the “petitioner”) alleges that another party (the “respondent”) committed an act that constitutes a “family offense.”

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Supervised Visitation: When Is It Best for the Child?

Supervised Visitation: When Is It Best for the Child? by Joshua Katz

{2:10 minutes to read} Normally, a child’s best interests are best protected by allowing the development of the fullest possible healthy relationship with both parents. However, if one parent places the child’s physical safety at risk, or the parent is having some other kind of negative impact on the child’s emotional well-being, supervision of visitation can be imposed.

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