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Congress passes new alimony tax revision

For approximately the past 75 years, divorced couples knew who would have to foot the bill for certain settlement agreement funds. Recently, though, Congress took the old tax law and reversed the person who now is expected to pay taxes on any alimony funds. The new law will go into effect in 2019 and may impact some Kentucky residents.

What are valid reasons for seeking alimony modification?

When a person in Kentucky seeks a modification to court-ordered spousal support, there must be significant changes to one's circumstances to justify such a petition. While the court sometimes orders temporary changes in cases of job loss or illness that causes severe hardship, permanent modifications can be sought. Modifications to alimony can be requested by either the paying or the receiving party.

Who is entitled to alimony, and for how long?

Spousal support is the term that is used for a court-ordered maintenance paid by one spouse to the other pending or after a divorce, or during a legal separation. The recipient of alimony can be either the husband or the wife. The purpose is to contribute toward the living expenses of the receiving spouse, such as utilities, mortgage or rent, health insurance and other costs. Absent an agreement between the spouses, the court will determine the type of alimony, the amount and the duration as governed by the divorce laws of Kentucky.

Alimony modification possible under certain circumstances

Court orders that are issued in a Kentucky divorce are binding. However, child support, alimony, child custody and parenting orders may be subject to modification in the future. Life is unpredictable and unforeseen circumstances may hamper a person's ability to oblige. However, the burden to prove significant changes in circumstances will be on the person seeking modification.

How the court determines who receives alimony and who doesn't

When a Kentucky couple chooses to sever marital ties, the decision is usually just the beginning of a court process that is often lengthy and complex. When children are involved, many decisions and plans need to be made regarding their future care and financial provisions. Some spouses, as well, are unable to make ends meet on their own after divorce, especially if they placed their careers on hold to stay home and raise families during marriage. This is why the court sometimes determines alimony appropriate in a particular divorce situation.

Alimony and taxes: What one has to do with the other

It's coming upon that time of year when many Kentucky residents are preparing their tax returns. This year will be different for those who were divorced and began receiving alimony in 2016. Various issues can arise if one is not fully aware of all tax laws and how spousal support may impact one's tax return.

Alimony not what it used to be in Kentucky or elsewhere

There's no telling what types of challenges may arise when a Kentucky couple decides to end their marriage in court. Many common issues often surface, such as those pertaining to child custody, visitation and/or alimony. The latter is definitely not what it used to be in that there is no presumption that a wife will automatically receive spousal support from a former husband.

Seeking guidance regarding alimony in Kentucky

Courts in Kentucky and throughout the nation have much discretion when it comes to matters of spousal support after divorce. Whether to grant alimony, to whom and how much, are all pertinent topics that may be addressed in court. Gone are the days when a woman automatically receives spousal support payments from a man in divorce. Nowadays, one, both or neither spouse may be granted alimony, depending on a particular court's decision.

Things to consider when asking for alimony support in Kentucky

When a couple decides to divorce, one of the most hotly-contested factors in the final agreement is spousal support. The concept of alimony was created in order to limit the economic effect that a divorce would place upon the spouse who earned significantly less that the other party or did not earn wages at all. In Kentucky, alimony can also influence the distribution of property.

Calculating alimony in Kentucky

individual during a divorce proceeding. It can be temporary or permanent depending on the financial circumstances of each spouse that is ending a marriage, regardless of gender. Eligibility requirements involve when one spouse either has a lack of assets after divorce or is unable to maintain employment with enough resources to support him or herself post divorce. Alimony helps the less fortunate spouse to receive payments so they can have increased income and be able to pay their normal monthly bills. Here is some information about types of alimony and factors considered by the court when determining spousal support payments.

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