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What records to keep for payers and recipients of alimony

Massachusetts residents going through a divorce may be worried about how they will maintain the quality of life they enjoyed during marriage. Sometimes, a person is a stay-at-home parent and may have been out of the workforce for years, making it extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, to reenter the workforce. Other times, an individual no longer needs to work and takes time off, which can make it difficult as well well, because many companies will not hire anyone with no recent work experience. Thankfully, alimony can be a resource for these soon-to-be divorced people.

Whether someone is planning to receive or pay alimony, there are helpful steps that can be taken. One such step is making sure records are kept. Records can be highly important for tax purposes. On the payer side, this can include a document listing the dates of each payment made. Payers may also want to keep carbon copies of every check written for alimony payments. In addition, any payments made by cash should result in a receipt that the paying spouse should keep.

On the recipient side, there are also records that can prove to be highly important. Similar to the payers, recipients should also keep a list of all the dates in which payments were received, along with the amounts that were received. The check numbers of received payments are also important, as is the name of the bank and copies of checks and receipts. Keeping these records may be beneficial not only for tax purposes, but also to help prove whether or not alimony is being paid.

Sometimes, divorced spouses can run into issues regarding alimony. It is not always an easy process to resolve these disputes. In many cases, it can help to have the aid of a skilled attorney who can help ensure that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that a fair resolution is reached.

Source: FindLaw, "Alimony Guidelines: What Records to Keep Regarding Your Alimony," accessed on Nov. 30, 2015

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