The court considers many factors in awarding spousal support.
Spousal support (formerly called alimony) refers to court-ordered payments from one spouse to another. In deciding whether to award spousal support and in what amount, the court may consider:
Judgments of divorce that do not grant spousal support must either expressly reserve the question of spousal support for later determination or rule that neither party is entitled to spousal support.
Spousal support can be paid directly or through the office of the Friend of the Court. The Friend of the Court maintains accurate record of payments. It also makes it easier to request assistance from the Friend of the Court if payments stop, or if a spouse denies receiving them.
Spousal Support Is Taxable
The person who receives spousal support must pay taxes on it. The person who pays it may deduct it on his or her tax return.
For spousal support to be considered taxable or tax-deductible, the phrase “payment until death” must be part of the spousal support agreement. The agreement may have other qualifying clauses such as “payable until remarriage.” This type of spousal support is not subject to a bankruptcy action.
There are many tax consequences and restrictions related to spousal support. And because tax laws and state laws and their interpretations continually change, there’s no guarantee that tax consequences from your divorce proceedings will stay the same over the years.