Alimony, Spousal Support, Spousal Maintenance. While many people use these three terms interchangeably, the reality is that these are three distinct forms of financial support paid from one spouse to the other. There are many nuances involved.
As your attorney, I will keep those nuances in mind, balancing them against your best interests in order to do what is right for you. Whether you should be receiving support or are worried about the amount of support you will end up paying, you can be confident in my representation. I have more than 35 years of experience serving people in the Plano, Texas, area. I bring a strong financial background to divorce cases. Contact me, Michael Suffness, if you are ready to speak to a knowledgeable and respectful attorney.
The Objective of Spousal Support and Alimony
All of the various forms of support have the same objective: to make certain that both spouses are able to leave the marriage on their feet. It becomes particularly important when there is a significant disparity in incomes, or when one spouse has worked and the other has stayed home and raised children, rather than pursuing a career. I will educate you about the purpose of support and the various possibilities.
Absolute Accuracy Is Critical
On the surface, it may seem like a fairly minor issue to use the term spousal support instead of alimony on a divorce decree. Unfortunately, failure to recognize nuances like these can lead to costly repercussions. For example, one of the distinctions between alimony and spousal support is that one is taxed and the other is not. Use of the wrong term could lead to a surprising interaction with the IRS. I understand the distinctions and will make certain all divorce documentation is absolutely accurate.
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Want to find out more about spousal maintenance, spousal support and alimony? Please contact my office today for a free half-hour consultation with a Plano spousal support lawyer.