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Pre-marriage business becomes marital property

Generally, marital property is property acquired by either spouse during the marriage. On the other hand, premarital property, owned by a spouse before the marriage, is considered separate property and isn’t split up during a divorce. Sometimes the lines get blurred, especially if you don’t keep your separate property truly separate, as a South Carolina

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Judge can enforce marriage pact despite religious element

It’s generally understood that U.S. courts can’t decide questions of religious law. After all, the 1st Amendment forbids the government from getting involved in religious affairs. A recent Michigan case shows, though, that courts can enforce valid marriage agreements even if those contracts have a religious aspect to them. In that case, a man named

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New tax implications to consider in divorce

When Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, there was a lot of hubbub about parts of the law that would affect divorces. Most significantly, the new tax law made it so that alimony and maintenance would no longer be tax-deductible for the paying spouse or taxable to the person receiving the

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Do you need a prenup for a later-in-life marriage?

You’re probably heard a lot about “gray divorce” in recent years, referring to when couples over 50 get divorced, often after decades of marriage. Along with gray divorce comes “gray marriage,” when older people get married in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. In a lot of cases, both spouses come into these marriages with

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Grandparent visitation can be complicated issue

If you’re a grandparent who dotes on your grandchildren, it would no doubt be devastating if you were denied access to them. Nonetheless, this gut-wrenching scenario plays out all the time. For example, let’s say your adult child passes away, leaving kids behind, and his or her surviving spouse decides it’s time to move on

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Important assets in divorce

Divorce can be difficult in so many ways. The breakup of a relationship that was supposed to be ‘til death do us part can be emotionally devastating. Depending on the circumstances, there can be a lot of pain, anger and recrimination. If there are kids, there’s an additional level of complexity. Then there’s the issue

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