Ralph Casella 1943-2018

Recent Posts in Tips and Advice Category

  • Deductibility of Alimony

    Recent changes in family law are rippling across the nation, and may very well affect you and your marriage situation as well. A newly enacted change in the way alimony is handled will be significant in countless divorces, any of which occur after the date of which this modification takes effect--December 31, 2018. Essentially, any divorces finalized after the end of 2018 will lose the ...
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  • Tax Effects of Alimony in New York

    Given the fact that the end of the year is around the corner, divorcing spouses are curious to know, “How does alimony affect my taxes?” Here in New York, we refer (alimony) payments to one’s spouse as spousal support and spousal maintenance respectively. During a separation, the payments are called “spousal maintenance.” Any such payments made after the divorce are called spousal maintenance ...
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  • How to Prepare for Divorce

    It’s the general consensus that divorce is a stressful and overwhelming event. If you have decided to end your marriage, or if your spouse has made the decision to go your separate ways, you’re probably wondering what first steps you should take to get through this major life transition as painlessly and amicably as possible. We wanted to compile a list of some of our most insightful tips that ...
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  • Parental Relocations in New York

    If you are a parent who’s headed toward divorce on Staten Island, there’s something we want you to know: Things change after a divorce and often, such changes will be significant enough that one or both parents will head back to court. Child custody is no exception. Suppose you have two children with your spouse and one of you is seeking a divorce. Once the divorce is finalized, there is a very ...
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  • Social Media & Divorce: What You Need to Know

    The divorce process can be emotionally overwhelming, and it’s only natural to discuss your feelings and challenges with close friends, family, or even co-workers. However, confiding in your best friend over a cup of coffee or bottle of wine is very different than sharing your divorce details with 400 Facebook friends, many of whom are old classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and people you haven’t ...
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  • Financial Advice for Divorcing Spouses

    Experience has proven to us that if the financial aspects of divorce were less daunting for people, there is a strong possibility that unhappy spouses wouldn’t delay their divorce as much as some of them do. In fact, some spouses will extend their misery for years because they don’t want to confront dividing their marital assets, putting their house on the market , and having to pay spousal ...
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  • Should I Keep the House in the Divorce?

    If you’re getting a divorce and you and your spouse own a home, there is a good possibility the marital home is the most valuable asset of your marriage considering the high cost of housing in the area. As of this writing, a modest 3-bedroom Staten Island home can run upwards of $600,000, where that same home would run about $150,000 outside of Buffalo and in many other parts of the country. ...
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