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Diana Shepherd, CDFA®

Diana Shepherd has over 30 years of experience as a marketing, branding, SEO, copywriting, editing, and publishing expert. As Content Director for Family Lawyer Magazine, Divorce Magazine, and Divorce Marketing Group, she oversees all corporate content development and frequently creates SEO-friendly videos, podcasts, and copy for family law and financial firms. The Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine and Divorce Marketing Group, Diana is an award-winning editor, published author, and a nationally recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, finance, and stepfamily issues. She has written hundreds of articles geared towards both family law professionals and divorcing people, and she has both performed and taught on-page SEO for 20+ years. Diana spent eight years as the Marketing Director for the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts® (IDFA®), and she has been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® since 2006. While at IDFA, she wrote, designed, and published The IDFA Marketing Guide, and she also created seminars for CDFA professionals to present to family lawyers (approved for CLE), as well as to separated and divorcing individuals. She has represented both DMG and IDFA at industry conferences and events across North America, and she has given marketing as well as divorce financial seminars at many of those conferences.


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    Jeffery Urbach

    “If your client wishes to have alimony be deductible/taxable, your must finalize their divorce by December 31. Schedule the trial to allow for entry of the Court order before 2019.”

    The black letter of the new law says divorces “executed “ prior to 12/31/18 may elect the “old “ Sec 71 rules or the new law. The Committee Reports and the lack of Regs beg the question of what “executed” means. Lawyers will argue, correctly, that in their world “executed” means all the parties have signed the document.

    It doesn’t mean that a final Judgement of Divorce (JOD) has been entered into the judicial system with a Judges signature.

    So, if a document is legally “executed” on , say, December 31, 2018, but, the final JOD wasn’t entered into until January 2019 , which tax rules apply?

    Personally, lacking any further guidance I’m advising relying on the black letter of the law and definition of “executed” in our state (NJ).

    Would love your thoughts.

    Jeffery D. Urbach, CFE, CVA, CPA/ABV/CFF
    Partner, Urbach & Avraham, CPAs, LLP, Edison, NJ


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