We have extensive knowledge regarding the spousal support factors and recent tax law changes and would enjoy speaking with you about spousal support in the context of your marriage or previous spousal support award that you are currently ordered to pay or receive.
Throughout the divorce process, parties will commonly discuss “spousal support” or the award of maintenance of support for a former spouse, commonly known as “alimony” in other states. Spousal support is ordered in circumstances where there is a disparity in income between the parties and the payee is able to establish a need for support and that the paying spouse has an ability to pay support. The court considers several factors when determining whether or not a spouse should be entitled to support, pursuant to Virginia Code §20-107.1:
A major consideration for many parties when considering spousal support awards is factor 13, the tax consequences to each party. Prior to December 31, 2018 spousal support awards were deductible to the paying spouse and includable as income to the payee. Though the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) passed in December 2017 by the federal government eliminated the deductibility of spousal support payments by the paying spouse and further eliminated the includability as income for the payee causing a major shift in the tax consequences to all parties.
This change in tax law applies to any marital separation agreement entered into after December 31, 2018; any Final Decree of Divorce entered into after December 31, 2018 and/or an agreement between the parties that was executed on/or before December 31, 2018 and was modified after December 31, 2018 and states that the TCJA applies to the subsequent modification.
Further, either the paying spouse or payee of a previously ordered spousal support award should be aware of the circumstances that allow for the modification and/or termination of spousal support and maintenance. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 20-109, “upon petition of either party the court may increase, decrease or terminate the amount or duration of spousal support and maintenance that may thereafter accrue, whether previously or hereafter awarded as the circumstances make proper. Several of the circumstances the court considers based on Virginia Code §20-109 are as follows:
The Attorneys at Strentz, Greene & Coleman, PLC have extensive knowledge regarding the spousal support factors and recent tax law changes and would enjoy speaking with you about spousal support in the context of your marriage or previous spousal support award that you are currently ordered to pay or receive.