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New Tax Rules For Alimony Would Make Divorce More Expensive

If you've already been through a divorce, you know how taxes work for former spouses who are providing and/or collecting alimony: the payor deducts alimony from his or her income taxes while the recipient pays taxes on the money.

The new Republican tax plan making its way through Congress would change all that.

Student loans and divorce

In divorce, the division of assets leads to many questions. While it's often easy to decide who gets the fine china and who keeps the sports memorabilia, there are challenges with shared property like houses, cars and pets. One often overlooked form of property--and one that impacts the budget significantly--is debt. As the cost of higher education rises, consumers have more student loan debt than ever before.

What happens to the student loans when you get divorced?

Four Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support

Establishing a child support order is an important part of a divorce involving children, especially if one of the parents is a primary caregiver and doesn't work outside the home. Although the calculation is based on Tennessee legal guidelines, diving deep into the language outlining the requirements can leave anyone without a law degree with headache. It's no wonder many people come to their attorneys with several questions about child support.

Here are four frequently asked questions about child support:

Carry on tradition with these bilingual picture books

You probably remember grabbing a book and curling up on your mother's lap. She'd read picture books to you. Your favorite part was when she spoke in funny voices for different characters. Now you have a little niño of your own and want to carry on this tradition.

You want your baby to grow up immersed in his culture. As author Kelly Barnhill said in her Newbery Medal acceptance speech, "a story can make a lonely, anxious kid feel more than herself for just a moment." You want your child to see themselves on the page and to know that they can experience great things.

Can I modify child custody or child support arrangements?

After a divorce, you probably want to move on with the next chapter of your life. However, life brings unexpected changes and you may find your divorce arrangements no longer match your circumstances. If this is the case, it may be possible to modify your custody orders or the amount of child support being paid.

Is an uncontested divorce right for me?

If you realize that your marriage isn't working, you may want out quickly. When thinking about divorce proceedings, you may think about television shows that display contentious, drawn-out court battles over precious family heirlooms - but this isn't usually the case in real life. In fact, divorce can be relatively peaceful and pain-free if you and your spouse are willing to work together through the process.

An uncontested divorce is a cost-effective option for couples who want to avoid the usual battles involving child support, alimony or property division. Let's say you are a decade or so out of college and you and your spouse have one child together. You both work good jobs and contribute equally to combined accounts. However, you haven't been able to build up a lot of assets due to student loan debt. This situation may be ideal for an uncontested divorce.

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