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Dependency Exemptions in Family Law

- By : Laurel Date : March 2013

A friend who is an attorney called me and presented a situation I had not previously come across. The parties’ divorce Decree gave the Respondent the right to use the exemption for the child. The child turned 18, graduated from high school and began attending college. While attending college she lived with the Petitioner, who paid for her entire support and her college tuition.

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Divorce, a Disabled Child, and Your Parental Rights

- By : Laurel Date : July 2012

Parenting a disabled child can be the cause of a great deal of stress on the parents’ relationship. It is not uncommon for parents to have differing opinions as to how to make that child’s life as productive and comfortable as possible. One parent is often considered over protective of the child by the other.

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Tax Ramifications of Mortgage Foreclosure or Short Sale of Residence

- By : Laurel Date : June 2012

It has come to my attention that many people are unaware of the fact that their failure to pay the full amount of their mortgage can result in their receipt of taxable income. “Sounds great” you say. “Where’s the cash?” You already received the cash. You got it when you took out the mortgage or refinanced. You weren’t taxed then because you agreed to pay the money back

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