Child Support and Taxes

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Are Child Support Payments I Receive for My Child Considered "Income" for Tax Purposes?

Child support payments received from the other parent for the benefit of your children are not considered income to you. Child support is tax free for the receiving parent.

Are Child Support Payments I Make for My Child Tax Deductible?

Child support payments you make for the benefit of your children are not tax deductible. The giving parent cannot deduct child support as an expense for federal tax return purposes.

Can I Give My Ex-Spouse More Alimony Instead of Child Support?

Although child support is not tax deductible and is not considered income, alimony or spousal support is deductible for the payer and is taxable income for the receiver. So it may be beneficial for divorcing spouses with children to arrange alimony payments to be adjusted so as to create a tax break.

Do I Have to Pay Child Support if the Other Parent and I Were Never Married?

You still have to pay child support even if you were never married to the other parent. Child support must be paid by any biological parent for the benefit of the child except if the child has been adopted by another person or the rights of the biological parent have been terminated for some reason by a court.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Child Support Issue?

If you are trying to understand the tax implications of child support payments and receipts, it would be wise for you to speak with a family lawyer to review your options. Working with an experienced family lawyer can help you understand your rights and help ensure that your interests are protected.

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Last Modified: 02-17-2012 02:03 PM PST

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