Category Archives: Spousal Support

Determining Alimony

Unlike child support, in the jurisdictions, judges enjoy latitude in determining and modifying alimony. In some states courts consider fault or the grounds for divorce in determining alimony, but most states do not. In determining the amount and duration of … Continue reading

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Alimony and Taxes and Recapture

There are many tax aspects that come into play when alimony is involved in a divorce. Alimony can create problems under what are called IRS recapture rules, so a divorcing couple must remember alimony recapture. Recapture applies to alimony payments … Continue reading

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Increasing or Decreasing Spousal Support after a Divorce

Courts increase or decrease alimony/spousal support for a number of reasons. Alimony/spousal support may increase automatically when the original support order provides a cost of living adjustment (COLA). Sometimes spouses negotiate support arrangements that provide that the payor’s income increases, … Continue reading

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I.R.S. Alimony Requirements

The Internal Revenue Services checks the income tax returns of former spouses who claim alimony as a deduction (the payer) and alimony as income (the recipient), and it holds both former spouses responsible for irregularities in the returns for the … Continue reading

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Men Get Alimony, Too

As more and more women narrow the income gap, more and more men now ask for spousal support when the marriage ends. “Interestingly enough, part of the ramifications of women getting better jobs, getting higher pay and receiving equal rights … Continue reading

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Circumstances Determine Alimony

An award of alimony depends on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the ability of a spouse to pay and the needs of the other spouse. Generally women receive alimony, but increasingly courts have awarded it … Continue reading

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Alimony is Subject to Change

In all but Nevada, alimony is subject to modification, up or down, if the circumstances of either the payor or the recipient warrant such change. Usually, this change has to be what is termed “significant.” For example, if the recipient … Continue reading

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Florida Lawmakers Move Toward Alimony Reform

Florida lawmakers last week eased toward ending lifetime alimony awards and curtailing sky-high support payments. The proposed reform also permits a former spouse to petition to end or lower alimony payments upon reaching retirement age, which means some people would … Continue reading

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