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How to lock in an alimony tax deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could influence how people in Michigan structure their divorce settlements after Dec. 31, 2018, especially in regard to alimony payments. Starting in 2019, someone paying alimony will no longer have the ability to write off the expense on a personal federal income tax return. The recipient of alimony after that point will not have to report the income as taxable.

Getting a divorce when conflict is high

Some Michigan residents might be unfamiliar with the term "marriage dissolution", but it is simply a term that refers to divorce. It is usually necessary to reach an agreement about property division and, if applicable, child custody before a divorce can be finalized. The couple might reach this agreement in mediation or in negotiations with the help of their respective attorneys, or they may have to go to court where a judge will make a decision.

Tax code changes could impact spousal support

For Michigan couples going through a divorce, the financial aspects can be some of the most heavily contested.Alimony payments can be a significant issue in negotiations and court hearings. Following changes to the tax code adopted in late 2017, there may be some additional complexities added to the situation when spousal support is involved.

Tax changes could reduce alimony payments

Michigan residents who currently receive alimony may be affected by upcoming changes in federal tax laws. Ex-spouses required to pay alimony are entitled to a tax break under current law. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a proposal to eliminate the tax break, which could reduce the amount alimony recipients receive because more money will be going toward taxes.

The option of divorce arbitration

When people in Michigan divorce, emotions can sometimes make it difficult for them to negotiate issues such as child custody, spousal support and asset division. Working with a professional mediator or engaging in a collaborative divorce may likewise not help the spouses come to an understanding. Historically, couples that are unable to negotiate their divorces out of court may be forced into the lengthy and expensive litigation process.

Court orders Mary J. Blige to pay temporary spousal support

The divorce proceedings for R&B singer Mary J. Blige have revealed her financial troubles to her fans in Michigan and around the country. Despite insisting that her prenuptial agreement with her estranged husband specified that spousal support would not be paid in the event that the couple ended their marriage, a judge has ordered her to make temporary payments to him in the amount of $30,000 per month. This was in response to the his request for $129,319 per month.

3 reasons why 'playing nice' can backfire during divorce

One goal that many people have when they divorce is to get through the process as peacefully as possible. While that is certainly attainable for some people, others are going to have a very difficult divorce. This is particularly true in contested divorces.

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