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January 2016 Archives

Avoiding social media during and after a divorce

Many Oklahoma couples who are going through a divorce are likely to be filled with anger and unresolved feelings. It may be tempting for an individual to share these feelings on social media, but doing so is rarely a good idea. To begin with, anger filled posts about someone's estranged spouse is likely to make friends and family members feel uncomfortable.

Sherri Shepherd is appealing child support case

Sherri Shepherd is appealing a Pennsylvania court ruling declaring her financially responsible for a child born to a surrogate mother to a higher court. The star had previously filed an appeal to remove her name from the child's birth certificate, but that request was denied.

The importance of divorce settlement tax planning

Divorcing couples in Oklahoma often hope to keep conflict to a minimum and get through the process as quickly as possible, but failing to take changing tax laws into consideration can sometimes lead to significant tax exposure in the future. Spousal support is often a particularly contentious subject during divorce negotiations, and spouses who could be required to make these payments may offer to give up marital assets such as stocks, bonds, artwork or real estate in return for a clean break.

Alabama defies U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Despite the 2015 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in Oklahoma and nationwide, on Jan. 6, the chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court ordered the state's judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. He noted that the high court of Alabama upheld the state's same-sex marriage ban in March 2015 and claimed that decision should supersede the federal ruling until further notice.