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Spousal Support aka Alimony and the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) made a significant change to the way spousal support (also known as alimony) will be treated in 2019.  Up until the end of 2018, spousal support is tax deductible to the payor and taxable to the recipient.  Under the new rule, the payor will need to pay income tax on the support payment and the recipient will pay no taxes on the support received. Divorces finalized before the end of 2018 will continue to operate under the old rule, unless the judgment specifically provides that the new rule applies.

This will mark a significant change for parties faced with a … Read the rest

How to Get Attorney Fees Paid in a Divorce

Who Can Receive Attorney Fees?

Either party can be awarded attorney’s fees (in full or in part) in a divorce action or any action arising from the initial divorce, if the court finds the award to be ‘equitable.’

How Does the Court Determine What is Equitable?

The court considers the parties’ marital assets and income, any award of temporary spousal support, the conduct of the parties, and any other relevant factors the court deems appropriate in deciding what is ‘equitable.’

Will I be paid in Full or in Installments?

The court may specify whether the award of attorney’s… Read the rest

Ohio Divorce: Gifts Between Spouse- An Exception to the Rule in Property Division

In Ohio, the general rule of thumb is that in the event of a divorce, a spouse will be able to retain his separate property. For a more full explanation of separate and marital property and property division, see http://www.perlalaw.com/blog/how-does-a-domestic-relations-court-in-ohio-divide-property-in-a-divorce/ However, there is a particular exception to the rule that some practitioners may overlook.

In Ohio, a spouse can convert separate property to marital property by making a gift of the separate property to their spouse. There are two essential elements to effectuate a gift.… Read the rest

Elder Abuse- What Does Ohio Adult Protective Services (APS) Do, When and How to Contact APS, and Tips for Avoiding Elder Abuse.

Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of those 60 and older. Abuse is defined as infliction upon an adult by self or others of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. Neglect is defined as the failure of an adult to provide for self the goods or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness or the failure of a caretaker to provide such goods or services. Exploitation means the unlawful or improper act of a caretaker using an adult… Read the rest

What Skilled Nursing Care is Covered by Medicare? And Dealing with Denials

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) will pay up to 100 days of skilled nursing care in a nursing home or at home, if the patient is home-bound and it is physician authorized, or inpatient care in a rehabilitation facility.

Coverage includes meals, skilled nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology service, medications, medical supplies and equipment, and dietary counseling.

There is no charge for the first 20 days. However, there is a co-pay of $152 per day for the next 80 days, with Medicare covering the remaining expenses.

Sometimes a patient is determined… Read the rest