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Most Common Family Law Issues:

Payment of Alimony

Alimony or spousal support arrangements are generally agreed to by divorcing spouses in their marital settlement agreement, or by Court order.  Alimony is paid from one spouse to the other either as monthly payments or a lump sum in cash, checks or even money orders.  Unacceptable forms of payment include debt, property or services.

What Happens If a Spouse Refuses to Pay Alimony?

If the paying spouse fails to pay alimony in a full or timely manner, possible avenues of recourse include:

Once the court orders that alimony is to be paid, failure to pay is disobeying a court order, otherwise known as contempt of court. The following remedies are available to the person seeking alimony:

What Are the Taxable Consequences of Alimony?

If alimony payments in any year are reduced by $15,000 in the first three calendar years after separation or divorce, part or all of the payments will not be considered deductible and the past payments may be reclassified as income which may be taxed to the person seeking full payment of alimony.

Do I Need to Consult an Attorney?

Relationships between ex-spouses may be tumultuous and can lead to difficult situations. An experienced family lawyer can advise you of your rights and assist you in choosing the appropriate avenue of action for your alimony or spousal support issue.

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Last Modified: 05-12-2014 08:15 PM PDT

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