Katy Perry's divorce from Russell Brand raises important questions about what "community property" means

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I confess that I don’t really know anything about Katy Perry. I’ve heard her name and I know she sings but beyond that, nada. Don’t follow the girl, couldn’t identify a song as being hers, and probably never will. But I know she’s huge and I see her in the gossip magazines and I know …

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NEW YORK: DIVORCE & The GIFT TAX

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NEW YORK DIVORCE & THE GIFT TAX With some exceptions, any transfer of property is subject to the gift tax, including transfers made pursuant to a settlement agreement in a divorce action. That is the general rule. So generally, your settlement agreement would, or is supposed to be, subject to the gift tax as prescribed by …

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Gay Divorce? Now that the Justice Department appeals repeal of DOMA let's figure out what to do about gay marriage

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The Justice Department appeals repeal of DOMA The Justice Department has filed an appeal in the First Circuit, appealing 2 Massachusetts rulings that basically finds DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional, on several fronts. The district court had found DOMA unconstitutional on several grounds: For one thing, it violates the Equal Protection Clause. But it …

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CONNECTICUT: Peter McKenna v. Roberta Delente (on appeal court says prenup enforceable, etc.)

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This Connecticut case raised the age old question of how to get out of a properly executed prenup. The court of appeals basically decided, you can’t. Roberta Delente, 42, was a Brazilian model who was married to Peter McKenna, a partner in a law firm. The two executed a prenup 5 days prior to their …

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