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How divorce can impact a tax return

Virginia couples who are thinking about separating should understand that a divorce has several tax implications. For instance, it may be necessary for an individual to change his or her filing status from married to single. If a couple has merely separated, they could file taxes jointly or separate. Those who pay or receive alimony may need to acknowledge this on an income tax return.

Some couples may use spyware, trackers during divorce

A 2012 study by the Justice Department found that around 1.5 percent of all adults reported experiencing stalking compared to 3.3 percent of people who had gone through divorce or separation. Individuals in Virginia and throughout the country may also experience this in the form of electronic surveillance. This could include both GPS trackers and spyware installed on smartphones.

Why divorces surge in January

It seems as if more people in Virginia and around the country file for divorce in January than in any other month. While studies have shown that more divorces are filed in August than in January, there is normally a surge at the beginning of each year. There are several factors that contribute to this.

Parental alienation can threaten bond with children

Divorcing with children can be a worrying prospect for parents in Virginia and anywhere in the United States. When the relationship between partners comes to an end, one of the most difficult tasks can be developing a proper co-parenting relationship that fully respects both parents' bonds with their children and protects the children from emotional trauma during divorce. Child support and child custody issues can arise during almost any divorce, but some splits can be far more combative and divisive.

Things to consider before divorcing near retirement age

The types of issues that Virginians face when they get divorced may be more complex for people who are older. While the divorce rate among younger people has fallen, the rate of divorce for people who are over 50 has steadily climbed during the last couple of decades. Older people who are thinking about getting divorced should carefully consider their options before they file.

When divorce is better for the children

Virginia parents who are concerned about how separation will affect their children might wonder if they should postpone a divorce. In some cases, it might be better for the children if the parents stay together. In other cases, however, divorce is still the best choice.

Age, education and employment all factors in divorce risk

Virginia couples who have a 10-year age gap may be more vulnerable to divorce than spouses who are closer in age. This is one of many findings of studies that examine the likelihood of divorce. Couples who marry as teenagers or after the age of 32 are also more likely to divorce than those who marry in their late 20s.

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