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Is it alimony?

If you and your spouse are in the midst of a divorce in Clinton Township, one of the things you may be facing is alimony. This type of spousal support is sometimes ordered by the judge in order to make sure that a spouse with fewer resources is able to continue to enjoy a reasonable standard of living. Not every divorce involves these maintenance payments, but according to the Internal Revenue Service, they may not take the form of a traditional check.

You may have to make payments on life insurance premiums on a policy owned by your former spouse, and this could be considered alimony. The court may determine that you can send money for a bill such as rent directly to the landlord, so even though your former spouse does not actually ever receive the payment itself, it may still be considered alimony. Some mortgage payments or expenses on a jointly owned house may qualify as spousal maintenance, although these are subject to other factors, such as taxes and interest.

During the process of the division of your marital property, items other than money that are allotted to your spouse are not alimony. Any support ordered by the court intended for a child’s expenses cannot be spousal support, either. If you own property and your spouse uses it, you cannot charge him or her a rental fee and then waive it in lieu of payment of your court-ordered alimony. This list is not all-inclusive and should not be considered legal advice, although it may give you an idea of what to expect during the discussion of alimony.

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