Jennifer Brandt Discusses Prenuptial Agreements

Jennifer Brandt appeared on the Dr. Drew Midday Live Show discussing prenuptial agreements. She brings up examples of different clauses that can show up in these agreements and why.

To listen to Jennifer’s take, click here.

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How To Avoid Being Blindsided By Divorce

Last week, as a guest on Dr. Drew Midday Live radio show, I was asked to comment about the phenomena that many divorce lawyers already know about.  That is, the increase in divorces in January.  Unfortunately, after the holidays and with the start of a new year, some people who may have been contemplating divorce decide to finally move forward.  While this is often a mutual decision between couples, sometimes the filing of a divorce comes as a complete and utter shock to the non-filing party.

Being blindsided by a spouse’s decision to divorce can leave one emotionally devastated and paralyzed with fear. Dreams of raising children together or retirement years traveling to exotic places are replaced with nightmares of a future of being alone and struggling to make ends meet.

No one likes to be taken surprised by such a major life event such as a divorce. The good news is that there are signs one can look for before a divorce is filed and some action steps to take once the divorce is started to avoid being blindsided by divorce. Read more ›

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Jennifer Brandt Appears on the Dr. Drew Midday Live Show

Jennifer Brandt, chair of the firm’s Family Law group, was a guest on the Dr. Drew Midday Live Show discussing a MarketWatch article about the upside to no-fault divorces. The article says, “in states with ‘no fault’ divorces, couples are 8 percent more likely to both work full-time outside the home and it’s 5 percent more likely that the wife is in the labor force.” After the holidays, January is usually the time when people decide they want a fresh start in their life.

To read the article Jennifer discusses, click here.

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Jennifer Brandt a Guest on Law & Crime

Jennifer Brandt, chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, appeared on Law & Crime discussing the pretrial hearing on two defense motions in the Parkland School Shooter case, as well as reviewing day four in the Arizona v. Ramon Bueno trial. 

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Jennifer Brandt Appears on Law & Crime

Jennifer Brandt, chair of the firm’s Family Law Group, appeared on Law & Crime discussing a top of the news case.

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Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia

Jennifer Brandt, chair of the firm’s Family Law group, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia discussing ‘revenge porn’ and its role in Congressmember Katie Hill’s resignation.

To listen to Jennifer’s legal take on the story, click here.

 

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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 deducted from the income of the party making the payments nor would it be included in the income of the party receiving the payments.  The actual implementation of this change remained unclear, however, particularly for agreements executed prior to December 31, 2018 but modified after that date. Specifically, were these modified agreements still governed by the old law or did the modification subject the payments to the new law? Read more ›

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Judge to Rule on Parents Who Took Son off Cancer Treatment

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on HLN discussing the Florida parents who seek to regain custody of their 4-year-old son after taking him off of chemotherapy.

To listen to Jennifer’s legal take on the story, click here.

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Parents Seeking to Regain Custody After Taking Son off Cancer Treatment

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia discussing the Florida parents who are seeking to regain custody of their 4-year-old son after taking him off of chemotherapy. They lost custody in May to the child’s grandparents after missing a chemotherapy appointment for the boy, in favor of trying alternative medicine. Watch the video here.

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“Untying the Knot”: Practical Considerations for the Newly Divorced

I was asked recently by a financial advisor in New York, to review and comment on a chart he had put together which was designed to help newly-divorced people in get back on their feet.  The draft document I received covered mostly investment matters, but it got me thinking about all of the practical things people need to think about – and do – when they transition from being a married couple, to being single.  So, in no particular order of importance (in my view, they are all important, or will be at some point) here are some basic things which need to be attended to after a divorce.

Retirement Money Transfers:  Often, a settlement agreement or court decision will call for retirement money to be transferred between parties.  These transfers must be made between retirement accounts in order to avoid taxes and penalties.  Where the account in question is a simple IRA, or a Roth IRA, a call, and a copy of the order or agreement to the fund administrator is usually enough to have the transfer made.  For more complex plans, “qualified plans” as they are known, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (more commonly known as a QDRO) is needed.  A QDRO is an order, prepared either by an attorney or a pension expert, and presented to the matrimonial judge for signature.  Once signed, the order is forwarded to the plan administrator, and the money is transferred tax free into a retirement account designated by the recipient. Read more ›

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Attorney Jennifer A. Brandt, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, has represented a wide variety of clients in hundreds of family law cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 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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