MDR BLOG

January 13, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:  Impact on Divorces

There has been a lot of attention recently on different provisions of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.   Couples considering separation or divorce may want to pay attention to the provision regarding alimony.  Currently, alimony is tax deductible for the paying spouse and is counted as taxable income to the spouse receiving alimony.  Under the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, couples who divorce (or enter separation agreements) after December 31, 2018 will be subject to the new rules where the ex-spouse paying alimony will not be allowed to take the tax deduction, and the ex-spouse receiving alimony does not count it as income.

The new rules will not affect divorces finalized before December 31, 2018.

These new rules have the potential to make negotiations more difficult, which makes mediation an even more attractive option for couples wishing to resolve a divorce amicably and with lower costs for both parties.  Mediation can help couples identify creative, fair, and equitable solutions when dividing assets and debts.

If you are considering divorce or a prenuptial agreement and have questions or want to schedule a mediation, please contact us at     918-921-5310.

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August 17, 2017:  EEOC Mediation

Mediation and Dispute Resolution, LLC (MDR) is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Miller and Jamie Miller have recently been approved to serve as mediators on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Jeffrey and Jamie have been working with the EEOC on this process for the last few months, and both have recently been approved to begin accepting mediation cases.

We are excited to be able to expand our mediation services and assist parties in resolving discrimination claims.  We will begin scheduling mediations soon at our office in south Tulsa, or downtown upon request.

Fact sheet about EEOC Mediation:  https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/mediation/facts.cfm

As always, MDR continues to conduct private mediation sessions for a variety of types of disputes, including business and employment, probate, general civil and small claims, and family.

March 16, 2017:  The Importance of Comprehensive Parenting Plans

In addition to Co-Mediation, one of the other factors that separates  Mediation and Dispute Resolution, LLC apart from other mediators and mediation firms, is that we include as part of our standard mediation service, a written comprehensive “Parenting Plan, Custody and Visitation Order Attachment” that typically becomes a key component of your final divorce decree.  Having this kind of all-inclusive plan assists you in taking away the “gray” areas that often cause anxiety, frustration and aggravation, which ultimately can lead to misunderstandings, anger and resentment in the future.  Co-parenting with an ex-spouse is actually more like a business relationship, you are in the business of raising your children with a person who you are no longer related to or live with.  Having a broad and complete business plan is a major component to the success of all businesses. Our comprehensive Parenting Plan is essentially your business plan to co-parent your children and it can make a significant difference in your overall success.

March 9, 2017: Tulsa County Qualified Divorce & Family Mediators

Jeffrey and Cindy Miller at Mediation and Dispute Resolution, LLC are both “Qualified Divorce & Family Mediators.”  They have been approved by the Tulsa County District Court’s Quality Assurance Panel (QAP) and are listed on the Tulsa County Family Court’s approved list of Qualified Divorce & Family Mediators. To be listed on the approved list, Mediators must meet the requirements of the Oklahoma District Court Mediation Act, 12 O.S. Section 1825.

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Mediation and Dispute Resolution, LLC.

7136 S. Yale Avenue, Suite 300, Tulsa, Ok, 74136

Jeffrey and Cindy Miller at  Mediation and Dispute Resolution, LLC are both "Qualified Divorce & Family Mediators".  They have been approved by the Tulsa County District Court’s Quality Assurance Panel (QAP) and are listed on the Tulsa County Family Court's approved list of Qualified Divorce & Family Mediators. To be listed on the courts approved list, Mediators must meet the requirements of the Oklahoma District Court Mediation Act, 12 O.S. Section 1825.