Divorce, Online Style
"NEW YORK -- Offering a simpler and cheaper path to divorce, an ever-growing array of dot-coms, computer-savvy lawyers and state
court officials are encouraging unhappily married Americans to arrange their breakups online.
For fees ranging from $50 to $300 -- a small fraction of what most lawyers charge even for an uncontested divorce -- couples are
being provided with the appropriate legal forms and varying degrees of help completing them."
By Associated Press
10:24 AM May. 29, 2003 PT - "Divorce, Online Style"
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Demi and Bruce: Officially Divorced
"The once-ubiquitous Hollywood pair, separated since 1998, have officially divorced. They quietly filed the paperwork last
Thursday in a Blaine County, Idaho, court, citing irreconcilable differences. (Willis and Moore lived on a $6 million estate in
nearby Hailey, and their three daughters, Rumer, 12, Scout, 9, and Tallulah, 6, still go to school there.) ...
... The split has been all but official since June 1998, when Willis, 45, and Moore, 37, had their much-publicized breakup after 11 years of
marriage. The Hollywood power couple tied the knot in a small Las Vegas ceremony in 1987. And soon after, Willis and Moore, both major big-screen draws,
became partners on several fronts, raising three daughters together and becoming shareholders in the once-lucrative Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. ...
... Willis, whose credits include big-budget blow-up flicks like Die Hard and Armageddon, has recently taken a turn from his action-star past, with roles in last year's sleeper hit,
The Sixth Sense, and Disney's recent family film, The Kid."
Published: Oct 25, 2000, 2:45 PM PT
by Mark Armstrong - "Demi and Bruce: Officially Divorced"
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Tax law changes may create tangle in divorces
Divorce, often a messy business, is about to get messier. The $350 billion tax cut creates a number of issues for divorced or divorcing couples,
ranging from splitting investment assets to deciding who should claim children as dependents on tax returns. Divorced couples who haven't spoken for months may need to
reconcile long enough to cash their advance child tax credit check, due to hit mailboxes later this summer. ...
The top capital gains tax rate was reduced to 15% from 20%. That means investments have a greater after-tax value, which could affect the way some couples divide their assets ...
... Marriage penalty relief. In the past, many separated couples scrambled to finalize their divorce by Dec. 31. That enabled them to avoid filing jointly for the year and dodge
the marriage penalty, which typically affects dual-income couples that earn similar salaries.
Thanks to the tax cut, some couples may want to reconsider their rush. The new law reduces or eliminates the marriage penalty for some dual-income couples by increasing
their standard deduction and widening the 15% tax bracket. Couples who take the standard deduction instead of itemizing could end up paying less as a married couple than
they would as singles ...
The child tax credit. The tax cut increases the child tax credit to $1,000 from $width=454 per child for 2003 and 2004. The credit is restricted to eligible parents who
claim children as dependents on their tax returns.
Divorcing parents should consider which parent will benefit most from the tax credit, tax analysts say. If one spouse earns too much money to qualify for the tax credit,
it may make sense to allow the other spouse to claim the children as dependents."
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Published: 6/24/2003 1:58 AM
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