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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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Major Changes in New York’s Domestic Relations Law Now Effective

Major Changes in New York’s Domestic Relations Law Now Effective by Joshua Katz

{2:16 minutes to read} On September 25, 2015, the governor signed into law a major change for Domestic Relations in New York State.

The new law codifies a maintenance formula for calculating how much spousal support should be paid in divorce actions, and for how long. It applies to any divorce action filed after October 25th of this year. New York has joined the national trend to codify a basic maintenance formula for judges. This simplifies the process – making maintenance calculations more predictable and consistent from court to court and judge to judge.

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How Will Marijuana Use Affect Your Child Custody Case in New York State?

How Will Marijuana Use Affect Your Child Custody Case in New York State by Joshua Katz

{2:20 minutes to read} A lot of people don’t realize that New York State became the 23rd state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. We still don’t know – and probably won’t know for a couple of years – who will be allowed to prescribe it and for what illnesses. Medical marijuana will only be prescribed as a pill or through vaporization, and will not be legal to smoke.

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