Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, P.A.

Paying alimony? Be sure to keep records

As part of your upcoming divorce, you may end up making alimony payments to your ex-wife. The court might order you to continue making monthly payments until your ex is either capable of reasonably supporting herself or remarries. As with other transactions, it is important to keep records of the alimony payments you make. This is especially true if you and your spouse have a contentious divorce. There is always the possibility that your ex may choose to challenge the amount of alimony you are paying. Or, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) may choose to look into the alimony expense you are claiming on your tax return.

If you are considering divorce, it is important to take steps to protect your interests. An experienced divorce attorney in the Catonsville area can advise you on working out a settlement or taking your divorce to the courtroom. Read further for more information on what alimony documentation you should keep.

Make a list

Keep a list of every payment you make to your ex-wife. Be sure to include the payment dates, check numbers and the mailing address where you sent the check. If possible, obtain copies of the processed checks from your bank as well.

Check copies

Before you send each alimony check to your wife, make a copy of it. The check should contain a note in the memo that is alimony for a certain month or time period. While this may seem redundant if you can obtain copies of the cashed checks from your bank, it is always safer to have extra documentation.

Receipts

If you pay your ex-wife in cash, have her sign a receipt acknowledging the amount she received on the specific date. You can keep a receipt book or hand-written acknowledgements of receipt. As long as your ex-wife signs and dates the receipt with the amount you paid, it is useful documentation.

If you find yourself facing an IRS audit questioning the amount of alimony you are claiming as a deduction on your tax return, these records provide evidence for your claim. Such documentation may also come in handy if you find yourself in court because your ex has challenged your payments, requests additional alimony, or if you are requesting a modification.

If you are considering divorce, you may have questions concerning alimony payments you may have to make. An experienced family law attorney can help you with any alimony issues you might experience, both before and after your divorce.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients' Say

  • "From the very first time I met with Kevin, I felt that I had someone on my side that would fight for my daughter – just as hard as I would."

    – Kim H.
Read More
  • American Bar Association | Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Baltimore County Bar America 1921
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • MSBA
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Law Office Of Kevin L. Beard, P.A. If you have a legal need, contact our firm. Initial consultations are free. We are happy to schedule evening and weekend appointments by request.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, P.A.
614 Old Edmondson Ave, Suite 101
Catonsville, MD 21228

Catonsville Law Office Map

Phone 410-929-7197
Toll Free 888-366-6439
Fax 410-744-3373