While not every divorce includes a provision for spousal support, when it does, it may be hotly contested by both sides. For example, either spouse in Oklahoma may dispute the award, claiming it is either too high or too low. Accordingly, a spouse may fail to correctly report their alimony payments (either receiving or paying) to the Internal Revenue Service when it comes to their income taxes. For all these reasons and more, it may make sense for each spouse to keep a paper trail regarding their spousal support payments.
For example, the spouse receiving spousal support may want to keep a written list stating how much was paid and when. This record should include the date on which each spousal support payment was received and how much the payment was for. If the payment was in the form of a check or money order, the check or money order number should be noted. In addition, the receiving spouse may want to keep both a copy of the money order or check they received, along with a receipt documenting when it was cashed. It may also help to include in a written record the name of the financial institution the paying spouse utilized.
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In addition, the spouse that is paying spousal support may also want to keep a written list stating how much was paid and when. This record should document the location to where the check or money order was sent, the number of each check or money order, and, if possible, a copy of the check showing that it was deposited in the receiving spouse’s bank account or cashed by them. If possible, when writing the check, the paying spouse may want to note somewhere on the check the date on which the payment is made and that it is for spousal support purposes for that month. It may help to use the type of checkbook that includes carbon copies.
These are only some suggestions as to the types of records spouses should keep when it comes to paying or receiving spousal support. It is important to have a record of what one either paid or received, in case that amount is contested in court or by the IRS. For legal advice about how to handle spousal support payments, contacting an Oklahoma family law attorney may be the first step to take.