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Meeting the deductibility requirements for alimony payments

The outcome of a U.S. Tax Court case may impact the way Texas residents approach alimony payments. In order to qualify for an alimony deduction, said the court, money transferred to the ex-spouse must have been due under a legally-enforceable separation or divorce agreement. It is not enough simply to turn over the money.

When is a spouse eligible to receive alimony in Texas?

While the divorce process includes dividing property, and making decisions on child custody, one component that can cause much disagreement is whether a spouse should receive alimony or spousal support from the other spouse. Texas law outlines under what circumstances a spouse is eligible to receive alimony payments, how much the payments can be and how long they would receive the payments.

How alimony may affect taxes

Spousal maintenance is often a part of a Texas divorce decree. Couples may not realize that alimony may affect their taxes depending on how it is referred to in the order. Alimony may be considered taxable income for the recipient, and it may be tax deductible by the payer.

Prenup overruled by Ninth Circuit court

Texas couples considering divorce may be interested in learning about the recent fate of the prenuptial agreement between a millionaire real estate agent and the immigrant wife he was sponsoring. In March 2011, the couple separated, and the two were divorced in 2012. However, the Ninth Circuit court said that the man must continue to provide support to his wife based on the I-864 Affidavit of Support that both parties agreed to.

Does domestic abuse affect a family law case?

This month, actor Johnny Depp was accused of abuse by his estranged wife, Amber Heard. Heard was successful in obtaining a temporary restraining order against Depp on May 27 after testifying that Depp struck her in the face with her cellphone during a fight six days before.

Morena Baccarin ordered to pay spousal and child support

Texas fans of actress Morena Baccarin may have heard about her contentious divorce from director Austin Chick. On Nov. 19, she was ordered by a judge to pay her husband $23,042 per month in child and spousal support. The amount will be adjusted when it takes into account her health insurance payment.

Determining when alimony may be ordered

In many Texas divorces, the issue of alimony will need to be addressed. In determining whether to order alimony, courts consider a number of factors. If the court does order it, the paying spouse will be required to pay the amount for the entire duration of the ordered period.