The US has treated spousal support as taxable income to the recipient and tax-deductible for the payor for the last 75 years. However, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act scraps this deduction for anyone who signs a separation agreement or gets divorced after 2018.
Alimony and Spousal Support
Have you seen cases where the high wage earner’s income suddenly and maybe suspiciously plummets just before divorce, perhaps because they’ve quit their high level job to take on one in which the person earns much less? If so, would spousal or child support be based on what the payer used to earn or what the person earns now?
If the moneyed spouse has been divorced more than once, will payments to previous spouses and/or children reduce the amount of spousal or child support that a third spouse for instance is likely to receive?
True. And again, I know it’s been a constant refrain, but it is a fact specific case. You’d have to look at what the high-net-worth is and what’s the reasonable standard of living? It is one of the factors to consider. The judges will try to strive as best they can to allow the parties […]
Women have become the leading earners in many families – meaning more men are eligible to receive spousal support following a divorce. While the percentage of men being awarded support has increased, it hasn’t been significant, and many men are avoiding seeking support.
A Maryland Divorce Lawyer Discusses FAQs surrounding Alimony for Divorcing Couples in the State of Maryland
Illinois family lawyer Sean Sullivan discusses the special issues that come up in high-net-worth divorce cases
Yes. Again, this fact pattern is very similar to the previous fact pattern. What has to be put into place is the issue of maintenance, (maintenance is now what people traditionally know of as alimony) which is the one spouse who has the greater income, greater property value, or greater income earning potential would then […]
Some high functioning alcoholics are also the major or even the only breadwinner in the family. What advice do you have for the stay-at-home spouse who has little or no access to funds to pay for legal and other professional fees if he or she has decided on divorce?
What happens if someone puts his or her own education or career on hold in order to put a spouse through law school or med school for instance? Is the party entitled to some sort of financial recognition for his or her sacrifice if the marriage ends in divorce?