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Do you remember Y2K? Predictions of doom for the crossover from 1999 to 2000, all because of numerals built into electronic code. As the year drew to a close, the urgency factor went up.  Divorce lawyers, divorcing spouses, and courts may now be facing Y2018, and a similar sense of urgency. However, the “crisis” is a little more predictable this time. For husbands and wives who pay spousal support, we know that the expense will go up next year. And for almost everyone, there will be less money to spend on the family. Richmond attorney Robert  W. Partin has written a good explanation of how the new congressional tax law affects divorcing couples. www.sandsanderson.com/news/2018/03/09. Divorces concluded in 2018 will still permit spousal support payments to be deducted from taxable income. After that, no tax deduction. The new tax law is now published and understood by advisors. Families can still plan ahead to schedule mediations and court hearings before January 2019. Crisis averted.