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By : Tina Tran | March 04, 2014

Tax season is that time of year when millions of Americans struggle through the mountains of paperwork, along with the stress and strife of preparing tax returns. For those who are contemplating, in the midst of, or just recently divorced, the difficulties of tax season pose an even greater challenge.


Below are the four most frequently asked questions to the Tran Law Firm attorneys about taxes and divorce:

1. What Is My Filing Status?


There are several different filing statuses available for those going through a divorce:


-Single;

-Married; or

-Head of Household.


These different filing statuses, as well as the decision whether to file jointly or separately wi...

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By : Tina Tran | February 07, 2014


Imagine this scenario: your boyfriend has proposed to you and he gives you a diamond ring celebrating your engagement. Alternatively, you are the boyfriend and you give your girlfriend a diamond ring for your engagement. The good feelings last fora while and then suddenly the engagement breaks up. The question about who gets the ring is often litigated. Like the War of the Ring in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings , both of you seek that one ring and the fighting is fierce. Who gets it depends on what state you live in and how the breakup occurred.


Type of Gift and the Possible Outcomes


Some of the circumstances that determine whether an engagement ring has to be returned include...

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By : Tina Tran | January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!  

As a new year greets us with the promise of new beginnings, we wish to extend many thanks to our clients and colleagues for making 2013 an excellent year. On behalf of the Tran Law Firm team, we wish you peace and prosperity in 2014.

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By : Tina Tran | December 31, 2013

From NyDailyNews.com:


Nancy Gonzalez, 29, went on an "alcohol and cocaine binge" when she was 8 months pregnant with Justus, and has put him in harm's way several times since he's been born, found a Suffolk County Family Court judge.


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By : Katherine Wu | December 03, 2013

Divorce is one of the most difficult life events a person can face. Divorce is stressful, costly, and time-consuming. Not only are you dealing with the personal, often painful reasons behind the divorce, but you are also faced with navigating the intricacies of the divorce process. In fact, divorce may be the very first time you have had to deal with the court system at all.


You may be tempted to handle your divorce on your own, using court-provided documents and self-help resources. While “do it yourself” divorce may be appropriate under certain circumstances, in many situations it is best to let an experienced attorney represent you.


Here are 5 important questions to ask yourself:


(1) How Confident Do Y...

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By : Tina Tran | November 20, 2013

From Gay City News:


A unanimous five-judge New York appeals court panel has rejected the argument that an HIV-positive man should face felony charges, carrying a mandatory minimum prison term, for exposing another person to the virus by failing to disclose his serostatus before having unprotected sex.


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By : Tina Tran | November 07, 2013


In the age of the smartphone, texting is an increasingly prevalent form of communication. Many people feel more comfortable sending a text message rather than calling or sending an e-mail to the other person. What does this have to do with family law?



A Paper Trail of Proof


Because mobile carriers keep records of text messages, texts create a paper trail of proof. This can be quite helpful or harmful to your case. For example, imagine that two spouses agree through a text message discussion to a particular custody arrangement. Later on, if one spouse reneges upon the agreement, the text records can be used to prove the agreement.

 

Easing Tensions

 

When two spouses are on tense terms, communicati...

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By : Tina Tran | November 07, 2013

From ABAJOURNAL:


Kentucky doesn't allow same-sex marriages or civil unions, or recognize those that occur in other states.


But even if it did, that wouldn't mean that a woman who prosecutors say heard her same-sex partner admit to killing a man and saw her cleaning blood from his van a couple of years ago could assert a spousal privilege to avoid testifying at an upcoming murder trial, a state court judge has ruled, because the women are not actually married.


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By : Tina Tran | November 04, 2013

From the Huffington Post:


When a co-parent won't cooperate or stop fighting, it can be positively maddening. Ex-spouses can become immersed in rage, frustration, and a sense of powerlessness when their co-parenting partnership isn't working. This can leave little energy for either to move ahead with their post-divorce lives.


You cannot force an uncooperative co-parent to stop fighting. You can take them to court and make their choice to misbehave costly and time consuming (for you both). You can do this repeatedly. Unfortunately, co-parents focused on being destructive or on hurting their ex can always find new ways to do so.


The more you understand about why your ex won't give up the fight the better your chances at figuring out...

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By : Tina Tran | November 04, 2013


Holidays are a very significant time for most families. Parents and children will naturally want to spend special time together. If you and your ex share child custody, the holidays may present anxieties over how to share equal time with your children. A prearranged, comprehensive plan can make the holidays more enjoyable and less stressful. Here are three options:

Celebrate it Twice

 

One option is to celebrate the holiday twice.

 

For example, Parent #1 could celebrate Christmas with the children a week before, while Parent #2 would celebrate with the children on December 25. This arrangement could be alternated by year to ensure fairness to all.

 

Divide it in Half

 

A s...

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By : Tina Tran | October 31, 2013

From The Republic:

BERLIN — A German federal court has ruled that a divorced man must pay his ex-wife 242,500 euros ($328,000) out of his winnings from a lottery ticket because they weren't formally divorced at the time he won.

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