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New tax law to affect alimony payments

Finalizing a divorce can be complicated, particularly when one spouse will need alimony. Now that tax reform has been signed into law, these proceedings could be getting trickier.

Republican in Congress passed a tax overhaul plan in December, which President Donald Trump promptly signed. Several itemized deductions where altered or removed in the plan, and one of them is for alimony payments. Payers of alimony will no longer be allowed to deduct those payments from their taxes; however, alimony recipients will be able to deduct payments.

Why small business owners should create a business plan

As a small business owner, you are probably aware of the many risks associated with running a small business. The success rate is tiny; the profit margin can be negligible; the stress can be exhausting. There is one crucial factor that can make running a business much less risky, though: A business plan.

Many business owners neglect creating such a plan, but this can be a fatal mistake for a small company. Strategically planning your business’s future could be the difference between failure and success. If you still aren’t convinced, here are some of the top reasons why you should create a business plan.

Even if the cause of a crash is obvious, your injuries may not be

Imagine you are driving home after work. You slow down to stop for a red light and suddenly, everything goes black. You come to and realize another driver hit you from behind.

These situations are unfortunately common thanks to unsafe behaviors like distracted driving and following too closely. In fact, more than a million rear-end collisions occur every year. However, while it may be obvious who is to blame for these crashes, the extent of the damage they cause can be much less clear.

What do courts consider in child custody relocation hearings?

Child custody arrangements are one of the most important components of a divorce agreement for many couples. When you and your former spouse were negotiating your child custody arrangement, you no doubt spent a lot of time and effort coming up with an arrangement that suited both of you and kept your child’s best interests at heart. The family court then issued its decree, and the two of you began your lives as separated co-parents.

Once in a while, however, a situation arises in which a child custody order must be modified. One of these situations is when a custodial parent moves out of state. Relocation isn’t uncommon: Sometimes it’s required for a job, or perhaps extended family lives out of state. If you or your ex-spouse is moving out of state, you may be wondering what factors the court will consider when making a decision.

Know the 3 main types of intellectual property protection

When you have a great new idea for your business, you should take the steps to protect it from theft. There are too many competitors who would leap at the opportunity to snatch a great idea from another inventor. Inventors must take the initiative to safeguard their intellectual property.

Figuring out how to adequately protect your intellectual property can be a daunting process. The best place to start is to understand the three major types of intellectual property protection. Read on to learn whether these forms of legal protection may be right for your invention.

Steps you can take to protect your small business in a divorce

As a small business owner, perhaps you have been wondering how your company will be influenced by your divorce. After all, a divorce does not just affect the spouses involved. It can have wide-ranging repercussions for a spouse's company, employees and business partners.

It is crucial for savvy business owners to learn about the potential impact of a divorce on small businesses so that they can prepare for the repercussions. In this post, we will go over several common ways that a divorce can affect your small business-- and what you can do to prepare. 

Tennessee’s laws on cell phone use and texting while driving

Distracted driving may be more prevalent than ever, but that still doesn't make it acceptable. Like other states, Tennessee has laws in place to limit two of the most common causes of distracted driving-- texting, and talking on a cell phone.

These activities may not seem serious, but they can have serious consequences. Not only do they pose a risk to other vehicles on the road, but drivers who are caught doing either can face legal penalties. 

Creating a 2018 child custody plan

As 2017 winds down, people are looking back at their past year. Was it a good one? What could improve next year?

For parents sharing joint custody, now is a good time to reflect on how the past year went for them and their children to ask the same questions: What is working? What isn’t? Was time divided equitably?

Learn from these famous intellectual property disputes

Intellectual property has become a hot-button issue for many businesses. Intellectual property is usually associated with the tech industry, but it is actually a crucial tool for companies in many fields. The fact that intellectual property rights are so important makes them a lightning rod for litigation.

If you are involved in an intellectual copyright dispute, you are certainly not the first. There is a long history of complex and contentious disputes involving intellectual property, from Barbie dolls to Sir Isaac Newton. Here, we will examine ten of them. 

Property division in Tennessee: An FAQ

Dividing property between you and your former spouse will probably one of the most complicated issues that you deal with in your divorce. The simplest method of dividing property is to consult with your spouse and decide how to split your assets. For many divorcing couples, however, this is not practical: The process is simply too contentious and too legally complicated.

If property division isn’t settled privately, then the matter usually ends up in a court of law. Each state has its own rules and procedures for distributing property between a couple, and Tennessee is no exception. This post will act as a helpful primer on how property is distributed in Tennessee.

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