April 2012 Archive

Child support: More than $1.7 billion owed in Arizona

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Support on April 30, 2012

Non-custodial parents in Arizona are $1.7 billion in debt for child support arrears. Recent investigations discovered flaws in Arizona’s system for collecting child support from non-custodial parents. The head of the state agency with the daunting task of helping custodial parents collect unpaid child support admits the process is not working up to its potential. There are approximately 144,000 cases in Arizona with delinquent or unpaid child support.

One custodial mother has been fighting in court to collect child support with no good fortune since 2007. The process is slow. In this case, the non-custodial father claims that he cannot pay what he does not have. Many non-custodial parents experiencing job loss have abandoned the will to pay or get caught up on what they owe their children.

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Former MLB player claims alimony on taxes, gets the hook from IRS

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Alimony on April 24, 2012

Arizona folks who have been a part of a divorce that includes spousal maintenance know that in some instances the payments can result in an income tax deduction. The alimonypaid to an ex-spouse is one of the deductions that many look forward to each year, after 12 months of paying for spousal support. However, there are instances when a deduction is not permissible.

Arizona readers may be interested to hear about former MLB player Dave LaPoint, who was the subject of a U.S. Tax Court case recently after his attempts to deduct some of his alimony payments to his ex-wife were rejected by the IRS. The deductions were made in 2002 and 2004. The court ruled against LaPoint, holding that the deductions were not valid as made.

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Arizona child custody changes can result from relocation

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on April 19, 2012

A child custody court order is often a part of a final Arizona divorce agreement when minor children are involved. This document sets out the days that a child lives with each parent. Many times the child custody agreement requires that both parents live in the same state.

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Government study provides updated marriage, divorce statistics

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on April 10, 2012

How many first marriages survive? Divorce is not uncommon no matter whether you live in Phoenix or Scottsdale or any place in the country. The truth of the matter is that divorceis more common now than it was a decade ago. In fact, couples in Phoenix that have just recently gotten married for the first time or plan to have their first nuptials in the near future may be interested to know that a new study documents that nearly half of all first marriages end within the first 20 years.

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Child custody bill affecting military members moves through House

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on April 4, 2012

Service members in Arizona may be interested in a piece of legislation currently making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would strengthen the child custody rights of members of the military. So far, 63 members of the House Armed Services Committee have endorsed the bill.

In child custody disputes, a family law judge in Arizona and elsewhere will often take into account several factors in deciding what is in the best interests of the child. Currently, one of the factors a judge may use is active-duty deployment. For example, if a service member is about to be deployed overseas, then that could impact their child custody hearing negatively.

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