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It’s Tax Time: Income Tax Issues for the Recently Divorced

February 19th, 2021 by mjp-admin

The year after being divorced is a period of “firsts”, where you adjust to your new life and relearn how to do things that you may have taken for granted. Many of our clients worry as April 15th approaches and they realize that they have questions on how to file their annual income tax return.

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Valentine’s Day Post-Divorce: It’s All About Your Children!

February 5th, 2021 by mjp-admin

Valentine’s Day is almost here and couples everywhere are making plans of how to spend the special day together. The reality for many newly divorced couples is that holidays like Valentine’s Day challenge them to navigate a “new norm”. Whether they worked with one of the top divorce lawyers or one of the best divorce mediators, newly divorced couples cannot fall back on the traditions and routines that they enjoyed with their children and their family. Read more…

The Imperative of Self-Care for Divorcing Parents: Arranging Social Options During Holidays

October 16th, 2019 by mjp-admin

A client of mine from some years ago, Mrs. X, chose a proactive stance in tackling her first Thanksgiving holiday alone after her divorce. Determined to not simmer in a sulk and drown herself in solitude with a bottle of dry Chardonnay, she chose to serve the impoverished instead.  Ironically, by nourishing the needy in the St. Louis community with a holiday meal, Read more…

The Importance of Self-Care for Those in the Midst of Divorce Proceedings

September 26th, 2019 by mjp-admin

Family holidays and get-togethers are often a catalyst for divorcing parents to bring unnecessary personal distress upon themselves, each other, and, ultimately, their children.  Fortunately, the counter-defense to such a consequence is rather simple: the priority of healthy choices in self-care.

A Story From My Files About the Need for Self-Care

Some years ago, I was representing a woman (let’s call her Mrs.

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Not Receiving Support Payments? Now What?

November 10th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

You’ve been awarded child support, spousal support or alimony. After your divorce is final, it is up to your ex to make timely payments. But things don’t always go as planned. Your ex may begin to miss payments because they are angry about the divorce, experiencing financial hardship, or being pressured by a new partner not to make the payments.

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Planning Ahead for Extracurricular Activities

October 13th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

Lay the Groundwork: Your child may not be involved in sports just yet but it’s important to consider extracurricular activities that may come in the not so distant future during your divorce negotiations. “Talk to your divorce lawyer about how to factor in these kinds of expenses. In your settlement talks, you might consider addressing such issues as: how will you split payment for lessons (any kinds of lessons: from art to music to sports)?

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