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Do I need to keep records of the alimony I receive?

Once you and your spouse decide that you need to split, you will have a whole new set of issues to deal with. Life after a divorce is often more challenging than most Ohio residents expect. While you will eventually be free from an unhappy marriage, other issues may prolong your contact with your ex.

Alimony is one of these issues. If your ex has been ordered to make spousal support payments, it is likely that you will continue to have at least some form of contact with your ex, even if it is only a check arriving in your mailbox once a month. Many alimony recipients simply cash the check and then forget about it, but it is wise to make sure you document your spousal support from start to end.

Because alimony is taxable income, keeping good records can help you avoid any tax complications. Documenting your payments can also help your attorney protect your interests if you experience any post-divorce financial conflicts with your ex regarding alimony. Below you will find a list of the spousal support records you should keep.

  • All dates that you receive an alimony payment
  • The amount of each payment
  • Copies of alimony checks and/or money orders
  • The name of any establishment that generated a money order for alimony
  • The name of the bank and the account number that pays the check
  • Check numbers and/or money order numbers
  • Any receipt you signed when accepting your support payments

Even if your divorce is over and everything seems settled, it is wise to be prepared for problems in your post-divorce life. An attorney can show you how to accomplish this goal and help you preserve the alimony you are due.

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