alimony recapture rule

If being ordered to pay alimony was not already bad enough, imagine having made all your alimony payments on time, and then receiving a nasty letter from the IRS. It states that they are going to audit your tax returns for the last three years, including your paid alimony deductions. Sounds like a nightmare!

child abandonment by non custodial parent

Children depend on their parents to provide for their needs, and parents have a legal duty to support their offspring.  In addition to a parent’s legal duty to provide for their child, it is generally in a child’s best interest to have both parents play an active, engaged role in their lives.

couple considering divorce

Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy.  Our first recommendation to all clients is to seek professional marital counseling to discern what is best for you and your family.  That counseling may uncover that the temptation to try and work it out or to remain together for the sake of your children, your family, or your reputation in the community is not what’s best.  Unfortunately, remaining in a situation where you and your spouse have been experiencing difficulties can be even more painful than going through the process of filing for divorce.  In some cases, circumstances surrounding your decision can also put your well-being and your legal rights in jeopardy.

At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, we believe in helping our clients protect their families and assets. In the more than 30 years that Founding Partner Mary Montgomery has been practicing family law, she has realized many couples considering divorce have not thought through the process. When we at SM&P meet someone who wants a divorce, we want to make sure they are ready for the complex divorce process as well as its aftermath. Are they positive divorce is the solution for them?