Wait–what do you mean I can’t deduct alimony on my federal taxes?

Alimony is a series of monetary payments to an ex-spouse that may be mandated as part of a divorce decree. Paying alimony can be an expensive and painful process—and it is about to get much more painful, thanks to changes to the federal tax code. At present, those paying alimony may deduct the payments on…

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What is a ‘gray divorce’ and how is it different from the typical divorce?

A ‘gray divorce’ refers to a split that happens between an older husband and wife, often after many years of marriage. With more and more couples over fifty, or even over sixty-five, choosing to part ways, the phenomenon has also earned the names, ‘silver splitter’ and ‘diamond divorce.’ While it might be unsettling to think…

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Is it true that Rhode Island courts favor mothers in child custody decisions?

Absolutely, unequivocally no. While it remains a common belief that courts favor, or are even biased for mothers in custody disputes, this is not the case. The belief stems from past practices and trends in court. When divorce became more common in the 1970s, society, including the judges within it, assumed a gendered division of…

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Hidden Cash Assets

The client hired Attorney Heberg as her second lawyer after terminating her first attorney. The case involved substantial cash assets that were in our clients possession, difficult to prove and posed significant tax ramifications for both parties. Unfortunately, the prior attorney had admitted to the existence of the cash savings. While our client was satisfied…

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Serving Divorce Notice To International Spouse

The client came to Attorney Heberg after visiting with several attorneys who told her she could not get divorced due to the fact they could not serve her husband, who lived internationally. The husband lived in India and had never been to the United States. Our client had two children, one who was a US…

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Pre-nuptial Contract

Our client sought to enter into a pre-nuptial contract with his prospective wife prior to marriage. He wanted to protect his significant retirement accounts and insure that his pre-marital assets remained such. After drafting the contract, and meeting with his prospective wife, some minor changes were made to the document to account for marital earnings,…

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Petition to Relocate and Increase Child Support

Our client sought the right to relocate her two minor children to the State of Utah whereby she intended to marry a gentleman she had met online. Our Petition to Relocate was filed subsequent to the parties divorce. Our client was the primary caregiver to the children. The father was active and regular with his…

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Enforcing Property Settlement Agreement in Divorce

Our client was owed a federal income tax dependency exemption in accordance with a negotiated Property Settlement Agreement between the parties. The wife refused to sign the appropriate paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service, form 8332, and we effectively sued the wife to enforce the Property Settlement Agreement. Our client was awarded attorney’s fees and…

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Grandparent Rights in Rhode Island

Our client was a grandmother seeking to establish grandparent rights. The natural parents were neglectful and at least once had mental health and drug addiction issues. Attorney Heberg was able to establish de facto parent status for our client. After a testimonial hearing our client also received sole custody of her granddaughter and was awarded…

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Divorce and Reconciliation

Our client was a stay at home mom who raised the couples three children. Our client did not want the divorce to happen. Husband was a well-known doctor and high income earner. The parties owned several pieces of real estate. Initially custody of the children was contested. Husband had committed numerous bad acts during the…

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