Canada, O, Canada: Traveling up north with shared custody or a DVPO

With the current exchange rate and relaxed requirement entries post COVID, many people are considering traveling up North to our northern neighbor Canada.  But what if you have a DUI, felony or assault conviction?   What are the rules for travel?  Many people are unsure. Read on to find out more… Potential travelers to Canada do […]

Divorce and Taxes: Understanding Head of Household Filing Status

Filing taxes can be complicated and stressful, especially during a divorce. If you are a single parent and have custody of your children, you may qualify to file your taxes as Head of Household. This status can have significant financial benefits, but it also comes with certain responsibilities and requirements. First, let’s define what it […]

Expanded Child Tax Credit for 2021

The American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). It is available for 17-year-old dependents and is it fully refundable for most families. Families can get the credit, even if they have little or no income from a job, business or other source. To get the CTC, eligible families must file […]

COVID – Changes in Child Tax Credit

    Important changes to the Child Tax Credit are helping many families get advance payments of the credit. If you have a child, another payment should be coming your way this month, and again in November, and in December. The IRS pays half the total credit amount in advance monthly payments beginning July 15. […]

Mediation Requirements in Oregon

What is mediation? Mediation is a legal process for family law cases. The goal is for people to agree on some or all issues. When they can, trial may not be necessary. This saves time and money. It is supposed to be an objective and confidential process. Some courts provide mediators at no cost. Private […]

Parenting Plans: Planning Makes for Success

A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce. You may have heard of legal terms such as “custody”.  It doesn’t have to be full of legal terms. It can focus on describing parenting arrangements such as: how decisions about the child are made (for […]

Phil Collins’ Files Emergency Injunction Over Mansion

The breakup between Phil Collins and his ex-wife Orianne Cevey is escalating. As of Saturday the legendary musician had broken up with his ex-wife (again) after reconciling in 2016 following Cevey’s divorce from her second husband, investment banker Charles Mejjati. This time things seem to be officially over; according to court documents obtained by Vanity Fair, Cevey […]

Pension Benefits…. Pure Gold

Pensions come up in divorces when spouses work at Boeing, serve our nation’s military, are state employees or are union workers. Pensions are very valuable yet, ironically, they have no cash value. They are becoming less common. They are valuable. A pension is the “right” to get a stream of payments every month once you […]

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