Family Law Symposium Survey Finding

We recently conducted a survey at the 2018 LA County Bar Association Annual Family Law Symposium. This was a continuation of a survey we performed at the 2016 event. Thirty-four attorneys participated in the study. Those we interviewed averaged 18 years practicing family law. Usage of forensic accountants by the interviewees during the span of…

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Spousal Support Changes and the New Tax Code

The most crucial change established under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) related to family law went into effect on January 1, 2019. Previously, under section 215 of the tax code, paying spouses could deduct their alimony payments from their taxable income while recipient spouses were required to pay taxes on the…

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Has Tracing Changed or Remained the Same?

In re the Marriage of Dorothy and Joseph CiprariCourt of Appeal Decision Related to Forensic Accounting Part 1 Dorothy (“DeeDee”) and Joseph (“Joe”) fixed their date of separation as August 13, 2010, the date DeeDee commenced the marital dissolution proceeding. The marriage terminated pursuant to a judgment entered March 18, 2016, which attached the court’s…

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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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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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