Employee Benefits and Egg Freezing: The Next Frontier in Reproductive Technology

The cover of an April 2014 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine was emblazoned with the headline “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.” Apple has taken this message to heart, as the company recently announced that it would be following in the footsteps of Facebook by offering a new benefit for their female employees: egg freezing.... Read More

Notes from the field: Asking for Alimony v. Child Support

By Guest Blogger Don Paris, CPA, MST, CDFA.  http://www.donparis.com/ So, you and your ex came to agreement on alimony (aka spousal support) and child support. Now you move to the tax issues surrounding them. With alimony, you need to agree as to whether or not they are deductible by the payor and includable as income... Read More

Notes from the field: Are you failing to report your alimony payments?

By Guest Blogger Don Paris, CPA, MST, CDFA.  http://www.donparis.com/ So, do you know one of the easiest ways to get the IRS to review your tax return? Not report the alimony that you received. This one is so easy for the IRS to find. That’s because the payor spouse is supposed to show on their... Read More

Same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania ruled unconstitutional

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the state of Pennsylvania joined a rapidly growing number of states that have ruled same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.  U.S. District Judge John E. Jones struck down the state ban, and issued an order on Tuesday prohibiting authorities in the state from preventing same-sex couples obtain marriage licenses.  Same-sex couples... Read More

Infertility Advocacy Day Held in Washington, DC

One in every eight couples suffers from the disease of infertility, and treatments that are available do work.  On May 7, 2014, Sogand Zamani and volunteers for RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, met with staff for our Senators and Representatives to discuss the physical, emotional and financial tolls this disease has on a significant part... Read More

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Hosts Spring Event

On April 23, 2014, the MSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section Council hosted a day-long training with world renowned author of Taking the War Out of Our Words, pioneer in the field of non-defensive communication, and award-winning speaker, Sharon Strand Ellison.  Sharon Ellison, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication, joined practitioners from across the... Read More

You can Sext if You Want To (And Still Get Divorced!)

This week, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed and remanded a trial court’s decision denying a Husband’s request for a divorce from his Wife on the grounds that the parties had cohabited and had not been separated for the statutory period of 12 months prior to filing for divorce. The main issue on appeal:... Read More

Be Careful What You Wish For (Particularly in a Text Message!)

Earlier this month, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled that a break-up text message cost an ex-fiancé the $50,000 engagement ring he had purchased. Under New York law, an engagement ring is generally considered to be a conditional gift to the receiving party up until the actual marriage occurs – at which point it... Read More