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3 tips for lowering your child support payments

Child support payments are important to make. If you fail to pay child support, you may face legal penalties. You should always try to make child support payments to the best of your ability. But what if the court order becomes unfeasible? Sometimes child support orders do not make sense when there are life changes.

Can I still deduct my sposal support payments?

If you are a divorced California resident who pays spousal support to your ex-spouse, you may have heard that you can no longer deduct the annual amount of those payments from your federal income taxes. Before hastening to your attorney’s office, however, to see about getting a modification of your support order reducing your payments so as to make up for your lost deduction, take a deep breath. This new law does not apply to you. You can still deduct the amount of your payments not only this year, but also in the future. Likewise, your ex-spouse must continue to declare these spousal support payments as income and pay income tax on them.

Complications of property division

Dividing property may sound easy: "I'll take the house. He can keep the cars." When a family has shared life in and through that property, though, deciding who gets to keep what can be tricky. California families would do well to remember assets are often not simply property; instead, they include the meaning attached to that teapot or framed portrait. 

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