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Mediation Articles
Child Support Using A/B Expenses 
By Kenneth Neumann

and Steven L.Abel. Using New York State child support guidelines to determine child support payments does not work for everyone. An alternative that has been used a number of times in mediations done through the Center for Family & Divorce Mediation divides child-related expenses into two categories.Go to Article

 
 

Ask the Expert: Financial Planner
Carl Palatnik, CFP, CDFA
Q: My husband wants to file joint tax returns this year, but
Q: My wife and I cant seem to agree on who should claim

 
 

Relationships
  New Social Security Site for Women
Many life circumstances - marriage, divorce, widowhood, the birth of a child - have their own sets of Social Security rules. These rules can be confusing and daunting, especially for women who are applying for Social Security benefits for the first time. The Social Security Administration has recently launched Social Security Online for Women, a web site specifically designed for women. Go to Article

Something Blue
For siblings and stepsiblings, a wedding may deepen the old wounds of the parents divorce. Go to Article

Together Time
Connecting one-on-one with the noncustodial parent is especially important for children of divorce Go to Article

Holiday Angst
A guide for noncustodial parents coping with limited time with their kids. Go to Article

Ending Divorce Ceremoniously
Divorce rituals can help former spouses forgive one another and even regain their friendship Go to Article

Building a Step Family
The transition from his family and her family requires rules, understanding ---and time. Go to Article

Parental Guidance: Everything You Need to Know for Parenting Together Apart.
By Brette Sember
Divorce Books by Brette Sember
January 2012
- Obesity and Custody

You may have heard some recent news reports that childhood obesity is being considered as a factor in custody cases, with courts taking custody away from parents because their child is overweight. The reports are alarming and this is an issue that definitely needs some clarification.

December 2011 - 10 Ways to Make the Holidays a Little Easier
The holidays can be a challenge for any parent, but when youre going through or recovering from divorce, it can be even harder. Its hard not only on you, but also on your child, who wants to please both parents, and also secretly wishes those parents would reunite for the holidays like they used to be.

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Financial Articles
Considering a Particular Settlement? Will It Work for You? 
By Carl Palatnik, CFP, CDFA

How you separate assets, debts and income during your divorce can affect your legal rights, financial lifestyle and emotional well-being for years to come. Go to Article

Divorce and the Marital Home - A Source of Problems, A Source of Solutions 
By Scott Henbest

It is not uncommon for the marital home to be the largest, or one of the largest, financial assets in the marriage.Go to Article

Child Support vs. Spousal Support: Tax Benefits and Tax Traps  
By Jerry Style, EA, CFP, CDP, ChFC

Support payments pursuant to divorce receive different tax treatment depending upon whether they are characterized as child support or spousal support (referred to also as maintenance or alimony). This is a potential tax planning opportunity, but there are important pitfalls that need to be addressed in the tax planning process. Go to Article

Legal Articles
How to Save Money with Your Attorney and Get Better Results 
By Nicholas Gabriele, Esq.

Lets face it. Divorce can be expensive. Yet, it is very important to do it right. Your financial and emotional future hang in the balance.Go to Article

 

Child-Centered Solutions: How to Create Happy Endings Through Divorce and Beyond!
By Rosalind Sedacca
Child-Centered Solutions Books by Rosalind Sedacca
June 2009
- Parenting After Divorce: Help Your Kids Adjust to Two Happy Homes

One of the greatest disruptions in a child’s life can be the upheaval caused by divorce. For this reason it is incumbent on you, as a parent, to doing everything possible day by day, month by month, to help your children adjust, assimilate into their new routines and accept the changes in their lives in the most positive possible ways.

May 2009 - Divorcing Parents: Dont Bring Your Battles to Court
You’re getting divorced and you’re angry, resentful, hurt, vindictive or any combination of other painful emotions. You want to lash out, to get back at your spouse or boost your own sense of esteem. Hiring the most aggressive litigious divorce lawyer you can find seems like your smartest choice. Your ex is in for a fight!

 

Book of the Month
The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict After a Difficult Divorce
This survival guide for divorced parents helps readers learn to navigate hot spots of hostility and conflict around communication, visitation, extra curricular activities, holidays, and new partners.

Adult Children of Divorce: How to Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents' Breakup and Enjoy Love, Trust, and Intimacy
Adult Children of Divorce is written to help you focus on improving your relationships with significant others, your children, your parents and even your co-workers. You don't have to view yourself as a victim of your parents' divorce. Learn about your strengths and changing your view of yourself, intimacy, and relationships to open up new possibilities in your life.
 

 IRS Publications
 These publications explain tax rules that apply if you are divorced or separated from your spouse. It covers general filing information and can help you choose your filing status. It also can help you decide which exemptions you are entitled to claim, including exemptions for dependents. These publications also discuss payments and transfers of property that often occur as a result of divorce and how you must treat them on your tax return. Examples include alimony, child support, other court-ordered payments, property settlements, and transfers of individual retirement arrangements.
Publication 504 - Divorced or Separated Individuals
Publication 971 - Innocent Spouse Relief
Publication 555 - Community Property
Publication 544 - Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets
Publication 501 - Exemptions, Standard Deduction & Filing Info
Publication 590 - Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)

 
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