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January 2019 Archives

Designing a successful parenting plan

One of the most important things that divorced New Jersey parents have to do as part of their adaptation during divorce is creating a parenting plan that works. While it might be difficult for ex-spouses to work together after a split, it is possible for them to work toward a successful parenting plan if both are willing to sacrifice.

Racial disparities in misdemeanor sentencing

About 80 percent of the people arrested each year in New Jersey and around the country are charged with misdemeanors, according to figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The vast majority of these cases are resolved by plea agreements rather than trials. Unfortunately, this often leads to harsher treatment of African American defendants.

How tax law changes can affect divorce

New Jersey couples thinking about divorce may wonder about the impact of new tax law changes that will go into effect in 2019. In late 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the bill was well-known for its changes to income and corporate taxes, it also contained a provision that made major alterations to the treatment of spousal support payments by the IRS. These provisions will start on Jan. 1, 2019, and they'll apply to all divorces settled on or after that date. Divorces that were already finalized before the end of 2018 were not subject to the changes, a fact that inspired many couples to escalate their timelines to complete their dissolutions before the turn of the year.

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