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Alimony is not always indicated. The longer the marriage and the larger the gap between the parties’ incomes, the more it is likely.

  • Alimony is no longer deductible to the payor and taxable to the recipient.
  • Parties have to live apart to pay alimony, but need not be divorced.
  • Alimony can take the form of payment of the recipient’s mortgage, for instance, and is only recognized by the IRS if it is based on a written agreement.
  • Alimony is figured as a percent of the difference between the Parties’ incomes, typically around 24-26%
  • Need is a major consideration.
  • Duration of alimony depends on length of marriage.  
  • Whatever the indicated duration, 'clock' starts upon divorce absolute
  • Alimony ends at the end of its durational limit, upon death of either party, marriage of recipient, or final retirement age of payor.

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