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Archive for May, 2014

Divorce Tattoos

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The Times of India reports that some divorcees are now celebrating the end of a marriage by getting a tattoo.  They see their divorce as a milestone.  The tattoos sometimes take the form of messages in large letters, done with the intention of inspiring and encouraging the wearer to get through bad times.

Most Expensive Divorce Ever

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Dmitry Rybolovlev, one of the richest people in Russia, is about to set the record for most expensive divorce.  A Swiss judge has ordered Dmitry to pay his ex-wife Elena a $4.5 billion divorce settlement.  Dmitry became a billionaire by privatizing a fertilizer plant in Russia.  His net worth is estimated at $8.8 billion.

The judge also gave Elena ownership of real estate in Switzerland worth $145 million and custody of their 13 year old daughter.  Elena and Dmitry met as students and had been married since 1987.

The previous record is held by Rupert Murdoch.  Rupert paid $1.7 billion to his ex-wife Anna in 1991 in cash and Newscorp stock.

Indefinite Alimony for 57 Year Old Wife

Monday, May 19th, 2014

George and Betty Lou Blake had been married for 37 years. He was 56 and she was 57 when they got divorced. He made $42,500 a year and she made $20,000 a year.

Courts now favor rehabilitative alimony for a set period rather than indefinite alimony, but there are two exceptions. The judge granted Betty indefinite alimony and the appeals court affirmed.

Since George made twice as much as Betty, the judge might have applied the second exception to rehabilitative alimony and given Betty indefinite alimony on the basis of unconscionable disparity.

Instead, the judge applied the second exception, finding that in view of her age and, given the time necessary for further education or training, “I don’t know that there’s a whole lot more that she can do. She’s doing the best she can.”

Blake v. Blake, 81 Md. App. 712, 569 A.2d 724 (1990)

IRS Loses Millions in False Alimony Deductions

Friday, May 16th, 2014

When someone pays alimony they get a tax deduction for it. But the same amount should be included as taxable income on the return of the person receiving alimony. I think most divorce lawyers believed, and cautioned their clients that the IRS computers will automatically detect any variances and flag the returns. It turns out the IRS computers are not that good.

The inspector general for the IRS has issued a report, according to the Washington Times, that the U.S. government loses hundreds of millions of dollars a year in false alimony deductions. The report says that the IRS doesn’t have a system for detecting the false claims. 47 percent of returns filed in 2010 got it wrong said the inspector general.

Most cases involved a deduction for alimony without matching income on the recipient’s return. In other cases, taxpayers did not report who they were paying alimony to or gave a false taxpayer identification number for the recipient. “Apart from examining a small number of tax returns, the IRS generally has no processes or procedures to address this substantial compliance gap,” the report said.

Donald Sterling May Use Divorce as a Legal Strategy

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

TGC Attorney Nelson Garcia appeared on CNN’s Situation Room to discuss how Donald Sterling may use filing for divorce as a legal tactic.  The objective would be to tie up the property in divorce court and slow down the NBA efforts to force him to sell the LA Clippers basketball team.

 
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