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January 2018 Archives

Access to Child's Medical Records

Clients often contact us because one of their child's medical providers has refused to provide them with copies of their child's medical records because they do not have primary custody of the child. Medical providers often refuse to release medical records to a divorced parent who does not have primary custody of the child if the other parent objects. However, this is improper and directly contrary to the non-custodial parent's rights.

Impact of New Tax Law Upon Spousal Support

For over seventy years, federal tax law has allowed payors of spousal support to deduct every single dollar of payments from their gross income and has required recipients to declare those payments received as income. The clear policy reason was that payors should not be taxed on income that they received but were legally compelled to give away, and recipients should not receive income completely tax-free. By shifting the tax burden from the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse, because of the progressive nature of tax brackets, it also usually kept more money in the parties' hands, as opposed to being taxed by the state and federal governments. As a practical matter, this scheme has made it easier for payor spouse to agree to pay support, knowing precisely what he or she would be giving away.

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