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The basics of alimony in New York

Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is intended to help the recipient spouse achieve financial independence following a divorce. In general, spousal support ends if either party dies; the recipient remarries; at a date determined by the parties in their divorce agreement; or at a date determined by the court if spousal support was determined by the court.

TV host loses New York child custody dispute

Child custody issues can be challenging but focus on achieving what is in the best interests of the children. Television host Bill O'Reilly recently lost an appeal in New York for sole decision-making authority over his children. O'Reilly was denied sole decision-making authority over his 16-year old daughter and 12-year son that he shares with his ex-wife. In reaching its decision, the New York appeals court recognized there was a basis for determining that it is in the children's best interest for the children's mother to retain primary residential custody of the children. A parenting coordinator was also assigned to help the pair resolve disputes concerning decisions related to the children.

How will receiving alimony affect my tax obligations?

In a matter of weeks, New York residents will be required to have their taxes filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Tax time can be stressful for individuals who receive income from a variety of sources, such as wages and tips, investment dividends and inheritances. Additionally, individuals who receive alimony or spousal support from a former partner may be confused as to whether the payments they received over the last year must be included in the annual tax accounting.

What best interests of the child means for child custody

Most parents want what is best for their kids, and when their family matters become subject to the review of New York courts, those courts generally want the same thing, to serve the best interests of the children. However, what is best for one child may not be best for another, and as such it can be difficult for a parent to anticipate what a court may view as being in the best interests of the child at issue.

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