Tag: spousal support

Spousal Support aka Alimony and the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) made a significant change to the way spousal support (also known as alimony) will be treated in 2019.  Up until the end of 2018, spousal support is tax deductible to the payor and taxable to the recipient.  Under the new rule, the payor will need to pay income tax on the support payment and the recipient will pay no taxes on the support received. Divorces finalized before the end of 2018 will continue to operate under the old rule, unless the judgment specifically provides that the new rule applies.

This will mark a significant change for parties faced with a … Read the rest

I Want a Dissolution of Marriage, Now What?

First, make sure your spouse is on the same page.  In order to obtain a dissolution of marriage, both you and your spouse must not only agree to terminate your marriage, but also must agree to all the terms.  If you and your spouse cannot agree, then you will have to file for divorce in order to end your marriage. 

The following is a list of issues that must be settled with your spouse in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage:

1.)    Division of all your property and debts– This includes division of all real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, personal property, credit card … Read the rest