Claiming Tax Benefits for Your Children

Parents, tax season is upon us yet again!  Please remember to refer to your parenting plans to determine which parent is legally authorized to claim exemptions for the children on his or her income tax returns this year.

If you are a custodial parent and it is the other parent's year to claim the children as dependents, be sure to complete IRS Tax Form 8332 (one for each child) to release your claim to exemption and allow the other parent to proceed with filing his or her tax return.  Many parenting plans require that you file Form 8332 on or before a certain date (generally by February 15th of the year the return will be filed).  Failure to file Form 8332 could result in a contempt filing or other potential consequences.

If it is your year to claim the children, it never hurts to send a friendly reminder to the other parent with a copy of Form 8332 early in the year.

IRS Tax Form 8332 can be found online here.



Should I Help My Child Buy My Ex Gifts?

Christmas shopping can be an awkward and uncomfortable experience for divorced parents.  When it comes to buying gifts for the ex, take the high road and focus on what is best for your children.  For more advice, check out this article on the subject:

Same-Sex Marriage is Held a #Fundamental Right

"Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage"

Same-sex couples, you are now free to obtain marriage licenses to legally solemnize your marital unions!  Once married, you may also legally adopt the child or children of your spouse.  Contact Strench Law LLC with all of your Ohio stepparent adoption needs today!

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

Supreme Court Hears Marriage Equality Arguments Today

Photo Credit:  The Washington Post 

Photo Credit: The Washington Post 

As of 10:00 a.m. today, oral arguments before the Supreme Court are underway in Obergerfell v. Hodges.  This case originated here in Ohio and has been consolidated with three other cases regarding the issue of same-sex marriage originally heard in Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky.  Although the Supreme Court has touched on issues that affect the marriage equality movement in the past (see United States v. Windsor), today's oral arguments address two substantial issues affecting the rights of same-sex couples: 

  1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
  2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision regarding the two questions above by the end of June, and its decision will be based substantially upon the arguments presented to the Court today.

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