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Pierre Domercq Divorce

Q: My husband has been mean to me, saying nasty things in the presence of the children. I know that is damaging to the children so I finally caved in to his demands and moved out. Since then he has changed the locks, cut off my credit cards and drained the joint bank accounts. Now he insists we not hire …

What is “Family Support” and is this Legal in California?

Pierre Domercq Child Support

The term “Family Support” is a strategy supported in California based upon IRS tax code. Family Support generally applies to the combination of child support and spousal support payments in a North County San Diego divorce settlement. Under IRS tax code, child support is not taxable to the recipient, nor can it be deducted by the person paying child support. …

How unemployment among men may increase the divorce rate

Pierre Domercq Divorce

While there has been media speculation that women’s increasing economic independence may be a contributor to the divorce rate, one study that looked at data from over 6,300 couples found that this was not the case. In fact, according to the study, couples in California and throughout the country are more likely to divorce if the man does not play …

Crowdfunding a divorce to help with costs

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Many California residents know about different crowdfunding sites that allow friends, family members and even strangers to help finance honeymoons, college educations and hospital costs. However, another site is now allowing people to crowdfund their divorce. The site allows people to seek funds for the cost of legal expenses or even the cost of new furniture and other items that …

Tax time – Deductibility of Attorney fees in Divorce cases

Pierre Domercq Divorce

No one enjoys paying attorney fees and even fewer enjoy paying income taxes. What you need to know is in some circumstances your payment of attorney fees is tax deductible. Internal Revenue Code Section 212 provides: “In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a deduction all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the …

Tax time, Divorce or not

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Tax time arrives every year, like it or not, whether you are in the midst of a divorce, or not. Although everybody has an option to file separately every year, the election to do so in the year spouses stop living together is of particular concern. Be sure to discuss with your attorney and with your tax accountant the ramifications …

Lessons that can be learned from celebrity divorces

Pierre Domercq Divorce

When a California couple decides that they need to get a divorce, it can be very difficult to know who to turn to once the decision has been made. Advice can come from almost anywhere, whether a person wants it or not. However, there are certain things that celebrity divorces can teach divorcing couples. For example, Ben Affleck and Jennifer …

Getting a financial adviser for a divorce

Pierre Domercq Divorce

California residents can benefit from getting the advice of a divorce lawyer when ending their marriage, but a financial adviser may also be a good idea. While divorce attorneys stay abreast of current developments and procedures, they may not have the background necessary to ferret out hidden assets, for example. A person getting a divorce may want to keep the …