Posts in Family Law
IRS Taxation of Employer Owned Life Insurance

Employer-owned life insurance policies issued after August 17, 2016 are subject to taxation by the IRS unless they qualify for an exception and meet notice and consent requirements.

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Innocent Spouse Tax Relief

Many couples file joint tax returns because in most cases it lowers their tax.  When filing jointly, however, both people are liable for the tax and any assessments imposed against the return.  This joint and several liability even survives the couple's divorce.  Joint and several liability means that each taxpayer is legally responsible for the entire liability. The IRS has provided for three types of relief from joint and several liability for spouses who filed joint returns.

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Divorce and Survivors' Social Security Benefits

The Social Security system provides income to families of workers who die.  In fact, most children are eligible for benefits if a working parent dies.  Social Security provides a benefit similar to life insurance.  As you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits toward your Social Security benefits.

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Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Almost half of all marriages end in divorce.  This article discusses the rules on divorce and social security with the goal of helping you maximize your benefits.  Before filing for social security, you should get the facts on your marriage(s) durations and divorce dates.  

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Alabama Divorce--Life Insurance, Annuities and Pension Plans

Alabama divorce and beneficiary designations. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals issued a ruling concerning the post-divorce treatment of beneficiary designations naming a former spouse.  Kowalski v. Upchurch, [2131059, July 17, 2015] (Ala. Ct. Civ. App. 2015) (divorce did not revoke beneficiary designation naming former spouse).

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