Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a divorce attorney, I have come across too many cases of divorce on the grounds of domestic abuse and domestic violence. This makes this issue something I not only pay close attention to, but also have strong feelings towards. I’ve seen the damage domestic violence can cause an individual physically, mentally, and emotionally and feel the need to be of assistance. This blog has resources I trust with supportive information that can help you, a friend, or a family member going through this traumatic experience.
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Shah & Kishore 2018 Divorce Law Update
2018 has been a busy year in divorce law. Before the half-way point in the year, we saw the first major change on a national landscape with the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill made it so, that starting in 2019, alimony will be paid out of post-tax dollars and the recipient of alimony would not be taxed on the funds they receive. Now in Maryland, two new bills will go into effect creating another layer of change for couples starting in October of this year (2018).
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The New Child Custody Law Standard
The American dream has always been built around the family. A mother, a father, kids, a house with a lush green lawn and a white picket fence. Even with changing times, that idea has not been fully stripped from our culture, even though we understand happiness can be found in many forms of the family unit. Nonetheless, the surviving concept of the “ideal family unit” in the American culture only makes it more difficult to see two parents fighting for custody of their child, leaving “one as a parent, and the other as a visitor” at the end of the divorce process. But now a new trend in child custody law toward a joint custody standard is pushing to change that common outcome.
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The New Tax Bill to Impact Divorce? How Alimony Will be Affected.
Late last year the new tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed by President Trump. The aim of this bill, as with other tax bills, is to reduce the national deficit and create jobs. But these benefits come with a major change to divorce law that will have a major impact on the outcome of divorce agreements and alimony terms, causing divorce proceedings to become more time consuming and expensive.
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Same-Sex Divorce – The Other Side of Same-Sex Marriage in Maryland
As we all know, where there is marriage, there is divorce. At least, that is the case in modern times. But now with the decision of the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, the court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, and the subject of same-sex divorce is now more relevant than ever, creating many new questions, especially concerning divorce and how the courts will treat same-sex divorce.
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