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Author Archives: Joseph DiGiorgio

Will the U.S. See its Divorce Rate Spike After the COVID-19 Quarantine Ends?

With so many American residents stuck at home with their families, prognosticators have predicted that several months down the road, the country could experience a baby boom and a divorce deluge. Unlike a cozy blizzard that keeps you home from work for a few days, a global pandemic that triggers shelter-in-place orders spreading over multiple… Read More »

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic… Read More »

Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation… Read More »

Alimony Payments as Tax Deductions

For many years, alimony payments made to a former spouse under Section 71 of the Internal Revenue Code were deductible by the payor and taxed as income by the recipient so long as certain qualifications were met. As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, for all agreements entered into for… Read More »

Child Custody For Grandparents and Others in Pennsylvania

In 2018, a law was passed that expanded the right of grandparents to file for custody of their grandchildren, if a grandparent is willing to assume responsibility for the child or the child is at risk, even if the grandparent has not previously taken care of the child for an extended period of time. The… Read More »

Child Custody for Grandparents in Pennsylvania

In 2010, a law was passed that gave grandparents the right to file for custody of their grandchildren under certain circumstances (e.g. if a parent is deceased, if the parents are separated, or if the child has lived with the grandparents for at least twelve (12) consecutive months). Since the law went into effect, many… Read More »