Individuals in Kansas and throughout the United States whose divorces were finalized after Dec. 31, 2018, don't need to claim alimony payments as income. Conversely, those making the alimony payments doesn't get a tax break for doing so. If a person doesn't have to claim alimony as income, it may be easier to qualify for public services or generous health insurance subsidies. However, that person is not allowed to contribute alimony payments to an IRA.
Some Kansas residents may be surprised to find out just how much social media evidence is looked at when it comes to divorce cases. Of course, this makes sense considering that millions of people are using social media accounts to share photographs, keep in touch with friends, and share what is going on in their lives.
At Stange Law Firm, we believe that regardless of whether you are male or female, you have the right to feel safe, particularly at home. However, domestic violence against men happens in the United States, including Kansas, every day. The Crime Report cites data from the Centers for Disease Control indicating that the portion of men in the United States who experience stalking and/or violence of a physical or sexual nature at the hands of an intimate partner (including but not limited to spouses) at some point in their lives is approximately one-third. The percentage of men who experience psychological aggression from intimate partners is even higher, at 34.3%.
As you look forward to project what your life will be like once your divorce in Wichita becomes finalized, you may begin to see that a number of things become uncertain. This is especially true if your soon-to-be ex-spouse was the primary income earner in your home. If you have not already, you may soon realize that they provided much more than financial support. The benefits that you enjoyed through their employment are also something that you will need to plan to be without. Health insurance is typically the foremost benefit that many enjoy through their association with a spouse's employer. The question then becomes whether your coverage automatically ends upon your divorce.
Property division proceedings can often be the most confusing aspect of your divorce case in Wichita, particularly when it comes to the handling of complex assets such as retirement accounts. Many clients have come to us here at the Stange Law Firm PC questioning why their individual 401k account is even considered a marital asset. If you share the same question, it is important to understand that your entire 401k may not be subject to property division; rather, only those funds contributed to it during your marriage can be divided in a divorce.
Once you have taken the first steps to divorce your spouse, your future may seem bleak as you navigate the complexities of putting a significant relationship behind you and moving forward independently. At Stange Law Firm PC, we are committed to helping people in Kansas to work through their divorce as efficiently as possible.
If you and your spouse in Kansas have been struggling with marital difficulties and finally decided that divorce is the right option for you, you know that there are many decisions you will now have to make. Certainly, there are numerous immediate decisions you must address such as where you will live, who will the kids be with on what days and how you will tell friends and family members about your divorce.
It is not uncommon for married couples in Kansas who experience challenging financial troubles to end up choosing to get divorced. Many a marriage has suffered or ended due to money issues. In these situations, each spouse should take care to protect themselves so they are set up to move forward toward a more positive financial future.
Divorcing spouses in Kansas who own a home together must at some point in their settlement discussions decide what they will do with their marital home. The emotional tug to keep the home can be quite strong, especially for families with young children. The ability to allow kids to stay in their original home at least while they are with one of their parents can provide some stability for them. This, however, may not be the best decision from a financial perspective.