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What is the relationship between divorce and taxes?

As tax season looms, recent divorcees in Oklahoma may have many questions. After all, divorce is a life-changing venture that can affect every aspect of a person's life, including their taxes. Here are some of the most important things Oklahomans should know about divorce and taxes.

When to honor the child's preferences after divorce

Even the best of divorces can be hard on a child. Children in Oklahoma depend on their parents to provide them with a safe and stable home environment, especially after a big life change such as divorce. The needs of the child vary depending on how old the child is, as well as their personality and relationship with each parent. In some circumstances, a child is able to express a preference as to which parent they wish to live with. This is usually true when determining child custody and visitation periods.

When is child support considered past due in Oklahoma?

Whether it is referred to as child support arrearages, arrears, delinquencies or simply past-due support, falling behind on child support payments in Oklahoma can be a serious situation. There are legal penalties for delinquent payments, which is why it is crucial to know when payments are considered past due.

Football coach takes guardianship of orphaned student athlete

There are times in Oklahoma when minor children are in a situation in which they might need to live with people other than their parents. There could be a variety of reasons as to why this situation might occur. There could be domestic abuse, illness or numerous other reasons for a guardianship action to be initiated. The most important aspect of this type of situation is to ensure that the youngsters are properly cared for and in some circumstances, a guardianship is the best way to achieve this goal.

A high school football player who lost both his parents within three years went to live with his coach after a court awarded the coach and his family legal guardianship of the teenage boy. The father had died from ALS when the student was in his first year of high school. The coach had tried to help the student by providing a father figure for him. When his mother died, the student asked the coach if he could live with him and his family until he finished high school. During his senior year, the boy has been living with his coach as part of the family.

How does alimony affect one's taxes after divorce?

As 2014 draws to a close, recent divorcees in Oklahoma may wonder what effect their divorce has on their taxes. One aspect of divorce that has tax effects is alimony. How does the payment and receipt of alimony affect one's federal income taxes?

Putting the children first during the holidays after a divorce

With the holiday season approaching, families in Oklahoma look forward to the special festivities and traditions of the season. However, for children of divorce, the holiday season can be a confusing and sometimes stressful time. That being said, there are steps parents can take after a divorce to ensure a happy holiday for their little ones.

Paternity cases in Oklahoma can be complex

There are many reasons why it is important to establish a child's paternity should the child be born to unmarried parents who are no longer in a relationship. In Oklahoma, if a man is legally deemed to be a child's biological father, he may be responsible for paying child support. However, he may also gain the right to seek custody or visitation rights, so that he can cultivate a positive and nurturing relationship with his child.

There are consequences for failing to pay child support

Child support is an essential part of raising a child after the child's parents have divorced. After all, each parent is responsible for taking care of their child's everyday expenses. It is important that child support payments be made on time and in the entire amount due. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.

Taking care of the family pet post-divorce

When a couple in Oklahoma decides to divorce, big decisions need to be made. Couples need to decide who keeps the house, who will have custody of the children and what types of spousal support arrangements need to be made. Yet one other decision that needs to be made in many situations is what will happen to the family pets.

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