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December 24, 2018

Recent family-related news included a Mexican marriage milestone, tips on how to do decrease financial woes in a marriage, an in-depth interview with Esther Perel about her theories on romantic love, last minute information regarding the alimony tax laws, and ideas on how to handle shared real estate when you split.

A Same-Sex Marriage Under Mexican Law, but Outside Mexico Vincent M. Mallozzi, The New York Times, November 28, 2018 Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor were married on November 26, 2018 in New York. The marriage is the first same-sex marriage outside Mexico under Mexican law, a milestone in marriage equality for LGBT Mexican immigrants living in New York and elsewhere, according to the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs.

How to Financially Divorce-Proof Your Marriage Kari Paul, Marketwatch, December 5, 2018 Some 59% of couples cite financial problems as playing “somewhat” of a role in their divorce, a 2017 study from Experian found. Another 20% said financial problems played a “big” role in the divorce, and 26% said their spouse’s credit score specifically was a source of stress in the marriage.

Love Is Not a Permanent State of Enthusiasm: An Interview with Esther Perel Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, December 9, 2018 The author spoke with Esther Perel last year, where they discussed Ms. Perel’s family background, her theories about romantic life, and her role as a mediator between a couple’s competing narratives.

How to Manage Your Divorce as New Alimony Tax Rules Go Into Effect Lorie Konish, CNBC, December 19, 2018 When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, you can say goodbye to old alimony tax rules that have been in place for years. New rules mean alimony payments will no longer be tax-deductible for the payer and taxable income for the payee.

Real Estate Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in a Divorce Devon Thorsby, U.S. News & World Report, December, 19, 2018 Dividing your assets in a divorce settlement can be tough, and there’s no way to split a co-owned house in two. While selling and splitting the proceeds may be the fairest option, if you or your kids have an emotional attachment to the family home, you may be searching for alternatives — at least in the immediate aftermath of the divorce.

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