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Alimony and Income Taxes in Post-2018 Divorces

The 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed the tax consequences of alimony payments. In some divorces, one party (the payor) is ordered to pay alimony to the other (the payee) after the divorce is final. Alimony payments are intended to ensure the payee maintains a similar quality of life as he or […]

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The End of the Common Law Marriage Era

Alabama was one of the last states to recognize common law marriages. Beginning January 1, 2017, however, Alabama will no longer recognize these non-traditional marriages. Although common law marriages established prior to January 1, 2017 will still be recognized by the courts, no new common law marriages can be formed. To be considered a married […]

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THE AGE AT WHICH CHILD SUPPORT CEASES

We are often asked how long one has to pay child support. In Alabama, the age of majority is nineteen years old. A “child” becomes an “adult” when he or she turns nineteen. Child support ceases at that time, with one exception. According to Ex parte Brewington, a case handled by our firm, a circuit […]

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