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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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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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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Settling a Case: “Buyer’s Remorse?”

Buyer’s remorse in family law occurs when one party, after agreeing with the court’s findings, decides he or she was unhappy with the ruling. In this case, Susan, the respondent, moved for an order to set aside judgment based on her opinion that Kevin, the other party, provided false information in the Declaration of Disclosure.*…

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Dividing Inherited Assets in a Divorce

If you inherited property, money, stocks or other assets either before your marriage or during it, the inheritance, whether cash, real estate, family heirloom, or anything at all, is your separate property. If you kept the asset separate, for example, put the inherited money in a separate bank account belonging only to you, it remains your…

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Determining Reasonable Compensation

By Ron J. Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CFF, CDFA, FABFA I always inform judges, attorneys and clients that business valuation is not an exact science. Two of those areas that require some subjectivity when valuing a business are the determination of reason- able compensation and the risk associated with the business. The means by which to…

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