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The Deductibility of Future Alimony Payments Just Might Depend on the Past

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the tax deduction previously allowed for alimony payments effective January 1, 2019.  This meant that alimony payments made pursuant to an agreement executed after December 31, 2018 could no longer be

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Changes to the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines in Response to the New Tax Law

For the past several decades the “alimony deduction” has been available to all divorcing couples. This deduction provided that the spouse making alimony payments could deduct alimony payments from his or her income and the person receiving alimony would claim

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Why Having A “Gifted” Child In NJ May Cost You More Child Support

The benefits of enrolling children in extracurricular activities are endless. Not only do they learn how to play a sport or musical instrument, but also soft skills and valuable life lessons, such as teamwork, the importance of practice and how

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New Jersey Enacts Changes To Alimony Laws

Parties in New Jersey who pay are about to pay alimony, or already pay alimony, should understand some recent changes to the statute that may impact their obligations.  Some of the most critical changes are detailed below. First, it appears

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Repairing The Parent Child Relationship When College Is An Issue

In New Jersey, a parent has an obligation to contribute to his or her child’s college education. There are a number of factors that a Court typically considers when determining the amount of the contribution.  The primary consideration is ability

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A Parent’s Right to College Records

For many parents, the financial support they provide to their children does not end after their children graduate from high school.  For divorcing parents in particular, the payment of their children’s future college expenses is often a specific part of

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Parents Beware! Your Teenager Could Sue You

Today on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29, I spoke about the New Jersey teen who is suing her parents for support.  She believes that they should pay for her parochial high school education as well as her future college

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To Share Or Not Share The Lottery Loot

During a recent television appearance on Fox 29 (see clip by clicking here), I was asked to comment on a New Jersey case receiving significant media attention.  A non-married couple, Ines Sanchez and Pedro Quezada,  resided together as a couple for ten years, and a child

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The Family Law Focus blog provides highlights, updates and insights on complex family disputes including divorce, division of property, and alimony; child and spousal support; child custody; domestic violence; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; name changes; and adoption or termination of parental rights.
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Jennifer A. Brandt, of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, has represented a wide variety of clients in hundreds of family law cases throughout her career. Jennifer is a regular legal commentator on national and local television outlets such as CNN, Fox New Network, HLN, MSNBC, Fox29, ABC News, NBC and CBS and frequently writes and contributes to articles in numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, Fox Business.com, The PhiIly Post, Avvo.com, Allparenting.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, the National Law Journal, and Main Line Today magazine.
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