Alimony isn’t as common as it once was, but it is imperative that you ensure you have proper records if it is a part of your divorce. The spousal support order is set in one of two ways. The first is that you and your ex agree on what’s going to be paid and when. The second is that the court will look at all applicable factors and make the determination. In either case, the terms are written out so that they can be complied with.
For the person who is paying the alimony, keeping good records can be helpful if you’re ever accused of failing to make the payments. For the recipient, they are often useful if you aren’t getting what you should. It’s also a good idea to keep thorough records on file for at least three years in case you need them for tax or similar purposes.
Alimony payments aren’t usually handled through payroll garnishments, so one person pays the other directly. Because of this, making note of the date the payment was made and the method of payment is important. This can be done fairly easily through receipts if the money is paid in cash or money order. It can also happen through canceled checks and similar methods.
The order for support will likely have an end date or will stop when certain things happen, such as the recipient remarries. Understanding this and the other terms of the order can help both sides to ensure they are complying with their responsibilities. Once alimony is ordered, there are legal consequences if the order isn’t followed.