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.
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.
According to a study recently published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, couples were 6 percent more likely to divorce if the wife became ill. When a husband had an illness, conversely, it did not lead to any corresponding increase. There were some theories offered as to why this may have been the case.
For New Jersey residents thinking about going to medical school, the idea that doctors often end up divorced due to their workload may have crossed their minds. However, the results of a study published on Feb. 19 showed that this may not be the case; in fact, the results suggest that doctors are actually less likely to divorce than other professionals in the health care industry.
When a couple with children divorces or separates, they must deal with the logistics involved in raising their kids. Keeping the best interest of the family first, parents must reach a compromise on how to take care of their children's needs, whether through legal proceedings or informal negotiations. New Jersey parents who find themselves in this situation and are able to negotiate all the issues related to their children themselves or through out-of-court mediation might end up with a custody agreement that covers all the areas related to custody.
As divorced New Jersey parents may know, co-parenting can be difficult after a relationship ends. However, it is in the best interests of the child for divorced parents to make an attempt to get along and keep the child as the primary focus.
In recent years, information discovered on Facebook and other social networking sites has been used as evidence in divorce proceedings in New Jersey. Although many people are surprised that their online activities can be used against them in court, there are no laws banning the use of evidence gathered from social networking sites.
As New Jersey residents may know, there are many things to consider when contemplating divorce. One of those considerations is who may take the income tax exemption for the children when filing returns.
When many New Jersey residents decide to get married, one spouse may wish to change their last name to match the last name of their spouse. However, if the couple decides to get a divorce down the road, the spouse that changed their name may wish to have their maiden name restored.
New Jersey divorced or separated parents may find some information regarding parenting useful. Whenever a divorce is filed, the result can directly affect a relationship with a child. Visitation times are crucial to the child's well-being but may be difficult to adjust to at first.