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Effect of Marital Status on Federal Tax Filing Status

For federal income tax purposes, there are five tax “statuses:” single; head of household; married filing jointly; married filing separately; and qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Status affects tax credits and deductions, and therefore also affects the amount of taxes owed. This article focuses on married persons filing jointly or separately. Married Status and Consequent Options Consistent with federal law, …

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Law Requires Both Parents’ Consent for U.S. Passport Issuance

In July 2001, the United States Department of State implemented a law regarding passport application procedures.  Under the Two-Parent Consent Law, as amended in 2008, both parents are required to consent to the passport application for a minor U.S. citizen under the age of 16.  By putting this law into practice, the Department of State sought to decrease the likelihood that a U.S. passport will be …

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Restricting or Denying the Visiting Privileges of Prisoners with Their Children

According to the Child Welfare League of America, an estimated 200,000 children have a mother in prison, and at least 1.6 million children have a father in prison. As such, many children have been forced to enter the foster care system, and there has been a significant increase in the number of children visiting their incarcerated parents. Such overwhelming statistics …

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