How The 2017 Tax Cut Laws Will Change Divorce

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) has been a hot topic of discussion among divorce attorneys since it was signed into law last year.  TCJA will have significant implications for divorcing couples—although the exact effects are still largely unknown.  Most divorce attorneys have concluded that TCJA will lower spousal maintenance payments; however, I’m interested in another—even more likely, but much less-noticed—effect of the law.  

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Modern Family? No Problem, Say the New York Courts

If the twenty-first century has made anything clear, it’s that no two families are alike.  Couples are creating multiracial families by adopting from different countries.  Same-sex spouses are rearing biological children as a result of innovative procedures like artificial insemination and surrogacy.  Couples are choosing to raise children in committed partnerships rather than marriages.  Today, the family unit ranges from single-parent households to families with three or more parents.  With the constantly evolving social landscape, courts are breaking from custom and proving to be more accepting of “unconventional” families. 

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