The overhaul of the U.S. tax code brought a radical change for many Americans, especially those who filed for divorce after Jan. 1. One of the most significant changes is how alimony is taxed. The new law no longer allows the paying spouse to deduct the payments, while the receiving spouse does not have to claim it as income.
You would think that having a legal "settlement" in place would mean that the terms within it are settled. If you and your spouse haggled over the details of your divorce settlement, whether through mediation or litigation, you may have felt relieved to reach an agreement, receive a judge's stamp of approval and move forward.
Interracial couples and mixed-ethnicity families have gained greater rights and respect in the U.S., though many still face discrimination and bigotry in various forms. It's been 50 years since the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which effectively struck down states' prohibitions on interracial marriage. In the original Virginia ruling, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, were sentenced to a year in jail ... for marrying each other.
Divorce is confusing, stressful and can be very difficult to deal with. One of the toughest parts of divorce is deciding with your ex how you will divorce. Some people will attempt to do it on their own; others will enlist help in the form of litigation and/or mediation.
In today's global age, families have become increasingly mobile. Those with ties to multiple countries face complex hurdles when confronting divorce and child custody.