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Records to keep for alimony cases

Divorce can be a challenging time in the lives of California residents. Not only are there the emotional challenges that come with separating from a long- or short-term partner, but there are also many logistical concerns. Planning for a divorce often means planning for such divorce issues as child custody, child support, property division and alimony, or child support. Alimony, in particular, can bring forth many questions and confusions and some may not know whether or not they qualify for spousal support.

Plus, alimony often requires numerous records to prove that one is eligible for monthly alimony payments. For most, alimony is tax deductible for the person paying the spousal support. This means that vigorous record keeping is often suggested under alimony guidelines to avoid having one spouse challenge the other for missed payments or some other kind of alimony dispute.

There are a variety of kinds of record keeping suggested for those involved in alimony cases. These include copies of each check used to pay for alimony. In the memo portion of each check, it is often recommended that the month covered in the alimony payment is written down. It is also often recommended that receipts are produced for each alimony payment made by cash. Having the other person sign the receipt and including the month can all be helpful.

And lastly, having a document that compiles the days and months in which each payment was made can be of enormous help. These can also include the check number, addresses and other relevant information. When determining what steps to take in alimony cases, divorcing spouses do not need to face these complexities alone. Attorneys are available to help.

Source: FindLaw, "Alimony Guidelines: What Records to Keep Regarding Your Alimony," May 9, 2017

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