The importance of tax returns in divorce proceedings

  Joint Filings: Many times during a divorce, Parties are tempted to file taxes as “married filing jointly.”  Usually, but not always, your tax burden will be lower filing jointly, depending on your respective incomes, deductions, and credits. The main disadvantage of filing jointly is that both spouses are jointly and severally liable for taxes on the return, including any tax deficiencies, interest, and penalties.… Read More

Gender-neutral changes to the California Family Code: substance from the symbolic

In January of 2015, the California Family Code is facing a monumental shift towards gender equality.  The words “husband” and “wife” or “man” and a “woman” will be replaced with “spouses.”   These changes affect at least the following statutes: Sections 300, 301, 302, 420, 500, 720, 721, 750, 751, 752, 754, 761, 1102, 1500, 1620, 1839, 2200, 2201, 2210, 2211, 2322, 2400, 2401, 3120, 3450, 3551, 3580, 3585, 3600, 4323, and 4930.… Read More

Divorcing in the Golden Years (surprise!)

This recent article was inspired by Danny Devito’s divorce after 30 years of marriage.  The article attempts to describe a number of reasons why couples may divorce after a long marriage.  One recent study found, “The divorce rate among older adults has more than doubled since 1980, and 1 in 4 persons who divorces today is over age 50.”  So it seems that divorce isn’t just for thirty-somethings with children. … Read More