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April 2015 Archives

Understanding the role of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

New Jersey spouses may be interested in information about how retirement plans are divided in a divorce. This involves a certain type of document that is the sole way to change the apportionment of retirement funds.

The tax treatment of alimony payments

New Jersey residents whose divorce cases included an alimony order or agreement should be aware of how the IRS treats these payments, both for the payer as well as the recipient. People who make qualifying payments are able to claim deductions for them, while those receiving qualifying payments must report them as income on their federal income tax returns.

About domestic violence

Domestic violence is a scourge in the state of New Jersey and throughout the U.S. Although it is less common than ever before, the sad truth is that many people must endure the damaging, traumatic effects of domestic violence every day. It is even possible for the desperate nature of the situation to be so well hidden that even close friends and relatives are unaware of it.

Social Security regulations and New Jersey spousal benefits

New Jersey divorcees are often surprised to learn they or their former spouses are not eligible for Social Security spousal or survivor benefits after a divorce. The regulations governing Social Security benefits for divorced spouses frequently cause confusion and lack of clarity with regard to what a spouse is entitled to. Two key points govern divorced-spouse payouts: the "10-year rule" and whether the non-beneficiary spouse remarries before age 60.

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