On WTOP: New Tax Law May Make Your Divorce Even More Expensive

As if divorce isn’t difficult enough, the new tax law does away with the alimony tax break. The change would likely make divorce more expensive for the person paying their ex — and will have an immediate effect on divorce negotiations. News radio WTOP turned to SmolenPlevy founding principal Alan Plevy on how the new tax law could affect people getting a divorce.

The new law will go into effect December 31, 2018 and it overturns a tax deduction that was added to the tax code in 1942. This change will bring on new challenges when it comes to negotiating divorce terms. “The deductibility of alimony, previously, was inducement to help us get something settled, it was a piece of the puzzle in bringing the parties together,” says Plevy.

The new law makes alimony non-deductible, so the person paying alimony will not be able to deduct it from their income for tax purposes. “I’m afraid alimony that’s going to be paid is going to be less going forward, because of the fact that it’s no longer going to be deductible,” said Plevy.

Plevy says, “I don’t think this is going to affect people’s lifestyle, it’s just going to have some people paying a lot more taxes.”

Listen to Plevy on WTOP news radio below:

Four SmolenPlevy Attorneys Named to 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers & Rising Stars


2016 Virginia Super Lawyers

SmolenPlevy is pleased to announce that Principals Alan Plevy, Daniel Ruttenberg and Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson have been named 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers. Additionally, Associate Joshua Isaacs has been recognized as 2016 Virginia Rising Star. Both honors are awarded to no more than five percent of attorneys in each state.

Super Lawyers is a rating of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent evaluation of candidates and peer reviews.

Northern Virginia Magazine Names SmolenPlevy Attorneys ‘Top Lawyers’

Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers 2015

Northern Virginia Magazine has named SmolenPlevy Principals Jason Smolen, Alan Plevy, Daniel Ruttenberg and Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson to its 2015 list of ‘Top Lawyers’. Area attorneys were invited to nominate their peers for the designation.

“To be nominated by our fellow attorneys in the Northern Virginia area is quite an honor,” said Smolen. Plevy added, “We are pleased to be among a very distinguished and accomplished group of lawyers.”

Smolen, Plevy, Ruttenberg and Dickerson have previously been name Top Lawyers by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2013 and 2010.

SmolenPlevy Named to 2015 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report

SmolenPlevy named to 2015 "Best Law Firms" as a first-tier family law firm.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked SmolenPlevy as a first-tier Washington, D.C. law firm in the practice area of family law in its annual “Best Law Firms” publication.

Firms included in “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

The 2015 “Best Law Firms” ranking complements the 2015 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” where Alan Plevy and Daniel Ruttenberg are recognized.

SmolenPlevy Makes Headlines in Mason Law News

As longtime supporters of the George Mason University School of Law, several SmolenPlevy attorneys are mentioned in the Summer 2013 issue of Mason Law News, a newsletter for alumni, students and friends of George Mason University School of Law:

  • Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson, SmolenPlevy Principal, welcomes new members to the the Board of Directors, recaps recent law alumni events in New York, Philadelphia and Richmond, VA, and thanks donors in her final message as president of the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association.
  • In the  2011–12 Law Firm Challenge, SmolenPlevy gave the largest sum in combined contributions from alumni.
  • Principal Daniel Ruttenberg is profiled for his argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Hillman v. Maretta in April.
  • SmolenPlevy is also recognized for its bronze-level sponsorship of the 16th Annual Judicial & Legislative Reception, the law school’s most heavily attended and popular event of the year.

To read about SmolenPlevy in the Summer 2013 issue of Mason Law News, click here.

In the Media: SmolenPlevy Attorneys Note Effect of Recovering Economy on Rise in Divorces in Virginia Lawyers Weekly

SmolenPlevy attorneys Alan Plevy and Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson provide insight into the increase in divorces in a healthy economy in the September 2, 2013 issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Plevy and Dickerson were among the first attorneys to notice the trend of couples holding off on filing for divorce when the economy began to struggle in 2009.  Couples stayed under the same roof during the recession because 401(k) plans, stocks and home prices were so low they could not afford to split.

Roughly four years later, things have improved for couples wanting a divorce.

“People couldn’t even think about divorce before – they were just focused on survival,” says Plevy. “Now the economy has changed with people being able to refinance and a lower unemployment rate.”

Dickerson noted a silver lining from the recession: the economic downturn forced couples to be more civil and practical. “If both people are worried about how to pay the utility bill, then they were more respectful of each other in the process.”

To read “Till Death do Us Part…Or the Housing Market Rebounds,” click here.

Alan Plevy Featured in Fairfax Chamber of Commerce e-Newsletter

The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce featured Alan Plevy, co-founding Principal, in its Doing Business e-newsletter for being recognized in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The publication, which is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, recognizes attorneys in 128 practice areas from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Plevy is a well-respected member of the legal community, and a well-recognized force in Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Relocations and Adoptions.

“It’s an honor to be included in such a prestigious group of attorneys,” said Plevy.

To read the article, click here.