Nothing but the T.R.U.C.E. Blog
by Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D.
How health insurance works after a Texas divorce is an important concern for many spouses. While they are still married a Texas spouse cannot take a soon-to-be former spouse off health insurance unless the soon-to-be former spouse voluntarily secures another plan through his or her own employer, association, church, college, independent insurer, or Affordable Care Act marketplace. A spouse’s health insurance under the other spouse’s plan does end on the date a judge signs a Texas divorce decree.
Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D., Attorney-Mediator
If you are thinking about divorce and you are a parent with a child who will be in school in the fall (or distance learning at home until school re-opens), you owe it to yourselves and your kids to explore Detente's exclusive summer divorce.
Divorce is the second highest stressor behind death of a loved one. It goes without saying that divorce affects the whole family. The current pandemic and social unrest worsen the stress. Divorce takes planning to reduce the harm to children. Inevitably, in most divorces one or both parents move out of the family’s residence. Instead of one home, most children of divorce will suddenly have two.
Is your New Year’s resolution an amicable, respectful, divorce or a separation from a partner or parent of your children? Detente’s exclusive "January to May” step by step divorce, custody, and support mediation makes all the difference for peace and renewal, especially if a summer goal is children settle into their home with Mom and their home with Dad before school starts in the fall.
The truth is most New Year’s resolutions fail not because they aren’t doable, but because there's no plan.
Important Federal Alimony/Spousal Maintenance Tax Changes: For divorce and separation agreements or divorces finalized on or after January 1, 2019, the December 22, 2017 tax reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated an important and valuable tax deduction for the payer of alimony/spousal maintenance and also eliminated the requirement of the receiver to report these payments as taxable income. Any divorce and separation agreements or divorces finalized before the end of 2018 will continue to be governed by the old law and the alimony deduction and alimony income reporting will still apply. Read about Texas alimony.