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April 2015 Archives

Social media and the service of process

Georgia residents may be interested to learn about two recent New York decisions in which courts allowed people to serve respondents in their family law matters via Facebook. While no Georgia court has yet allowed service in this manner, many attorneys and other observers expect that such service methods may become increasingly accepted in jurisdictions throughout the country.

Alimony's effect on personal income taxes

Georgia residents who are dealing with divorce may wish to learn more about how alimony can affect income taxes. According to the IRS, alimony is any money paid to a spouse or former spouse as part of a court order during divorce or separation. Any money that is paid without legal obligation is not considered to be alimony for tax purposes. Furthermore, it does not matter if the alimony is to be paid on a permanent basis or included in a temporary decree., and it may be possible to claim payments to a third party as alimony.

Claiming Social Security benefits after divorce in Georiga

In some cases, if a spouse hasn't worked long enough to claim their own benefits or if their spouse is entitled to greater benefits, they may want to claim their spouse's Social Security benefits. However, if a couple divorces, this may not always be possible. In some situations, however, there are exceptions.

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