How a Pre-Marital Agreement Protects Finances

Not every couple needs a prenup or pre-marital agreement. For example, two people getting married out of college who have not accumulated any real assets and never been married before, do not need a prenuptial agreement. On the other hand, couples getting married for the second or third time and who have children from previous…

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Tax Issues in a California Divorce

When divorcing couples are discussing spousal support in California, they need to be aware of the tax implications of their divorce. Federal laws enacted by congress and enforced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are different than laws enforced by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Spousal Support and Taxes IRS rules. Under federal law,…

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Divorce and The Family Business

When a divorcing couple owns a family business, it complicates the parties’ financial settlement. Generally, the business will be awarded to one of the spouses and how it is valued and divided depends on the type of business that is involved. When One Spouse is a Licensed Professional and Owner of the Business When one…

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Moore/Marsden, Watts Charges

Background Greg and Jodie Mohler were married on September 12, 1998, and separated on July 2, 2011. Petitioner (Jodie) filed a Petition of Dissolution on January 25, 2012. Greg filed his response on April 9, 2012. Their trial did not take place until November 15, 2017. Jodie’s Proposed Statement of Decision identified several disputes. Among…

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Understanding Hardship Deductions

By Lawrence Markey, Esq. and Ron J. Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CFF, CDFA, FABFA Child support litigation in California has caused the spilling of an ocean of ink and toner, yet to many attorneys, the magic box we call the “guideline” remains as mysterious as ever.  One component that adds to the opacity of the statewide…

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