Jennifer Brandt, chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, was a guest on Law and Crime News discussing a number of trials happening around the country. The trials included, the New York v. Harvey Weinstein, OH v. Anthony Pardon, TX vs. Christopher Hess and FL v. Donald Hartung.
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 ›
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.
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.
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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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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