May 2018 Archives

Tax law changes impact spousal support payments

Changes in tax law that were adopted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in late 2017 can have an impact on how people in Providence handle their divorces. As of 2019, people who conclude their divorce settlements will handle taxation differently than they have since 1942. While alimony payments were tax-deductible to the payers in the past, these payments will no longer be deductible from the higher-earning former spouse's income for tax purposes. In addition, the recipient of spousal support paid income taxes on the funds; now, the recipient will receive the funds tax-free.

Dealing with educational costs during a divorce

Even happily married parents in Rhode Island may find the idea of paying for their children's college education daunting. When they are considering divorce, however, the planning process can be even more complicated. That's why divorcing parents should plan together and as part of their separation agreement to reach an understanding about how higher education costs will be handled between them.

Is there any difference between assault and battery?

If you face assault and battery charges in Rhode Island, you need to be aware that these are two separate crimes. Be sure to check your citation carefully to see if the officer really cited you for both, or just one. While assault and battery are similar in nature, they are not exactly the same. Consequently, the prosecutor must prove different things in order to convict you of either or both.

How equality in a marriage may protect it from divorce

More couples in Rhode Island are beginning marriages on equal footing than in past years, but many people still start out with the traditional arrangement in which the husband is the breadwinner and the wife is responsible for household chores and childcare. According to a study by researchers in Sweden, if these roles change and the wife begins making more money than her husband, the couple could be more likely to divorce.

Driving app study shows states with most distracted drivers

Rhode Island residents are more likely to be distracted by their phones while driving than the national median, according to data released by the makers of driving safety app Everdrive. However, the data showed Mississippi drivers are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel.


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