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Yes, you should think about tax considerations as a single parent

18724341_S.jpgIt's almost too precious to say at this time of the year that tax-related issues can be, well, taxing for a filer.

It's true, though, and virtually all filers have dealt with one or more headaches during the process of marshalling relevant documents each year, collecting applicable tax forms, wading through instructions and then wondering whether they got the bottom line right.

Those same concerns can hold true for a filer in Illinois, Missouri and everywhere else across the country even in instances when they employ a tax professional to do the work and file their returns.

It's just a simple and borne-out truism in the United States: Tax considerations are complex, and they are recurring.

Breaking up: a million songs on this, and some research, too

Thumbnail image for 21680715_S.jpgBreaking up following a marriage or other relationship is indeed a big deal in most instances.

We all know that from the scores of song titles that most of us can readily come up with that deal with post-relationship splits. They deal with heartbreak, anger, feelings of resignation, depression and, yes, redemption.

We also know that cutting cords in a marriage or other coupling that has failed is a development of fundamental importance because, well, we just know it.

We feel it. It is manifested when we wake up in the morning alone, head off to work, talk with -- or cease relating to -- people who have always been friends as couples and simply deal with post-breakup life in all its dimensions.

Stange Law Firm, PC opens new office in Springfield, Illinois

Thumbnail image for Sangamon county 2.pngStange Law Firm, PC, a family law firm, with offices in Illinois in St. Clair County (Belleville), Madison County (Edwardsville) and Monroe County (Waterloo - by appointment only), along with offices in Missouri in the St. Louis area, has now opened an office in Sangamon County in Springfield, Illinois at 400 South 9th Street, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701. This new office will better serve the firm's clients of Sangamon County, Illinois and in the surrounding areas. The opening for the new office is February 2nd, 2015.

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case and gay marriage, Part 2

17050330_S.jpgIn today's post, we continue an important family law discussion on a subject we introduced earlier this week, namely same-sex marriage and the changes that are spiraling around it nationally.

We noted what we referred to as the "bottom line" in our January 19 blog post, stating that, "Americans across the country are rapidly getting on board with the concept of same-sex marriage."

Poll data and the constantly rising number of marriage licenses being issued to gay couples across the country readily attest to an increasingly supportive mood for gender-neutral equality when it comes to marriage.

Could SCOTUS case finally legalize gay marriage nationally?

20664268_S.jpgWe take a two-part look this week at gay marriage in the United States, noting at the outset in today's blog post the U.S. Supreme Court's recent announcement that it will hear and rule upon a case later this year that will likely have a seismic-type effect on the issue.

As many of our readers in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere likely note, states are, well, all over the map concerning how they legally construe same-sex unions.

A scorecard on the matter presently indicates that officials are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 36 states (including Illinois). An online primer of states' laws on gay marriage indicates that things are comparatively complex in Missouri. Although both a state and federal judge have ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, the federal ruling is currently stayed.

In search of greater accuracy: What exactly is a blended family?

13425087_S.jpgIf, like many millions of other Americans, your family is the product of earlier marriage and divorce followed by a subsequent betrothal and perhaps new family members borne of accretion, you obviously escape the long-employed tag of "nuclear family."

You know that one. If you're old enough, just think Leave it to Beaver. Think the Cosbys. Family Ties. Virtually every sitcom show that appeared on television for decades.

To recap, that's a mom, dad and their children, all one cohesive unit formed after a marriage that has endured.

Although that still continues to define high numbers of couplings and family units in Illinois, Missouri and everywhere else across the country, of course, recent decades have brought myriad variations on that theme. In the realm of family law, reference is commonly made these days to step families, extended families, single-parent families, same-sex families and nontraditional families.

Would it be mistake for govt. to stop compiling divorce data?

24433128_S.jpgA recent media article addressing family demographics and composition queried whether American marriage and divorce statistics were of much relevance these days.

As we informed readers in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere in our January 5 blog post, that subject is most centrally on the radar presently for many government administrators, academics, policy makers and other interested persons. That is especially true because of a recent U.S. Census Bureau proposal to stop collecting much marriage and divorce-focused information that is currently culled from responses to questions asked on the Community Survey periodically sent out to Americans across the country.

We provided some basic information regarding the bureau's proposal in the above-cited post. In today's entry, we cite a few core reasons why various critics of the plan oppose its implementation.

Yes, military divorce can be singular, challenging: here's why

14033933_S.jpgWhat is it exactly that makes military divorce dissimilar from and often far more complex than civilian marital dissolutions?

As noted in a media discussion of divorce in military families, deployment is often at the heart of what makes servicemembers' divorces singular and notably challenging.

Consider that, for active duty personnel (either a case where both divorcing partners are military members or only one spouse is a servicemember), the spouses can be residing in different locales. That can render a divorce process instantly difficult in any case, and even more so when children are involved.

Topic of concern: diminished statistical tracking of family trends

Thumbnail image for 4364546_S.jpgIt makes sense that important family issues -- things like marriage tracking, divorce rates and causes, changes in family composition over time across the country, same-sex relationships and so forth -- are largely noted through statistical data.

That is, duly reported numbers and statistics regarding such matters immediately lend a sharper focus to realities and trends in such areas. Additionally, they help researchers and demographers in their ongoing quest to stay abreast of family changes across time.

As noted in a recent media article discussing the role that statistics plays in understanding family-related issues, economists, policy makers and other parties use the wealth of available data on such matters to ascertain "how the contours of family life are changing."

Facebook topical focus, Part 2: fairy-tale marriage marketing?

19704536_S.jpgToday's post takes that "closer look" we promised in our immediately preceding blog entry regarding the seminal role that Facebook is reportedly playing in the unrealistic portrayal of married life for many partners across the United States.

As a media source discussing the topic of Facebook and marriage notes, many married couples apparently eschew any portrayal of their union online that points to marital stress or discontent.

In other words, they seek to cast their unions as perfect and unblemished couplings, with the above-cited source noting the result that marital discord -- certainly a common feature in many American marriages, both to lesser and larger degrees -- is "the untouchable topic of Facebook."

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