Today, most family law courts require a comprehensive financial affidavit, pretrial forms listing assets and debts, a child support worksheet, and other mandated forms. A divorce trial requires the gathering and analyzing of wage information, pension valuations, and real estate and personal property appraisals. Even the simplest cases require a thorough review of the tax consequences for dependency exemption allocations, payment of spousal support, and/or property divisions. Changing tax laws regarding the child tax credit and the earned income credit have made it essential for matrimonial lawyers to be knowledgeable about how these laws affect a particular divorce case or proposed settlement.

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