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Will the new tax law affect my alimony payments?

Republicans in Congress passed a tax overhaul bill in December 2017, which was signed by President Donald Trump. That law affects the taxes of many Americans, among whom are those who pay and receive alimony.

The new tax law removes several itemized deductions, including the deduction of alimony payments. This means that those who pay alimony will no longer be able to deduct those payments from their taxable income. Those who receive alimony, however, will now be able to deduct that income from their taxes.

8 types of evidence that can be crucial to collect after a crash

Think about the last serious car accident you witnessed or drove by. You probably remember details like loud noises, police on the scene, emergency responders loading injured victims into ambulances, traffic congestion and debris from damaged vehicles strewn across the road.

These are often the details people remember about an accident. However, far more information is needed to determine what happened and who is to blame for the crash, including the following types of evidence. 

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. Why?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among American teens. They account for more than one-third of all deaths among those aged 12 to 19 years in the U.S. What are the factors that cause these accidents?

Researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group recently completed a first-of-its-kind naturalistic driving study among teenagers. They identified four key risks for young drivers:

  • Distracted driving
  • Hard braking and cornering
  • Speeding
  • Driving at night

How to protect your finances in a high-asset divorce

A divorce is not just the dissolution of a marriage: It can also mean the dissolution of your long-accumulated finances.

Even the most amicable of divorces can take a financial toll on both parties. In order to protect your financial assets in a divorce, consider some of the following advice:

Dashboard distraction

Cars serve a dual purpose in modern life. They’re a tool to get from Point A to Point B, but they’re also high-tech possessions for pleasure rides and comfort. For many, they’re a showcase of modern technology and a status symbol.

As cars adapt more digital and wireless features, it’s important to remember their main purpose of transportation. They’re heavy vehicles that speed down highways at inhuman speed. The average midsize sedan weighs over 3,000 pounds and Georgia’s speed limit ranges between 55-70 mph. With even a minor distraction or sudden movement, the combination of speed and weight is a deadly combination.

How does Georgia determine alimony payments?

You put your career on hold when you and your ex-spouse decided to have children. Now your marriage is ending, you have a family to take care of and you have been out of the workforce for a few years.

You are not only emotionally distressed over losing your spouse, you are worried about re-entering the workforce and maintaining your standard of living. What financial help can you anticipate given Georgia’s alimony laws?

Three safety tips for all motorcycle riders

One afternoon you are driving southbound on I-75. You merge off onto exit 165 and head East towards Savannah. You’ve made this drive countless times. You find yourself surrounded by the familiar sights of Poplar Street and you head towards MLK, Jr. Boulevard. You stop and hear a captivating rumble over the music playing in your car.

A motorcycle eases past you. The buzz to drive a motorcycle surges through you. You picture yourself cruising down Georgia Avenue and crossing Spring Street. You do this while tapping your thumbs on the steering wheel of your car.

Smartphones create another distraction while driving

As people of the 21st century, we are well aware of the role a smart phone plays in our lives. According to Pew Research, three out of four adults own a smart phone today. While we know that having a smart phone can distract us from the moment, could it be distracting even when we're not using it? New research suggests that just the presence of a smart phone within our sight can be detrimental to our ability to focus on everyday tasks.

A smart phone affects our ability to drive

Distracted driving is at an all-time high, and the omnipresence of technology in our lives plays a significant factor in this. According to the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, just having a smart phone present can negatively affect our cognitive ability. Texting and driving is illegal in Georgia, but that doesn't many of us from sneaking a peak at a stop light or an open stretch of road. 

How to achieve financial security after your divorce

Finances can be a huge source of stress before, during and after a divorce. Much of the anxiety arises from a lack of control.

Thankfully, you are smart, talented and have the power to control your financial fate. It may not be easy, but the result is worth the effort. Here are steps you can take to regain control of your finances.


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