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Rushing divorce to beat alimony law change may not be wise

Nov 7, 2018 | Family Law

With the year quickly coming to an end, many people are expecting changes within a few months. For some, those changes may include ending their marriages. Though divorce can often take a considerable amount of time, changes to alimony and tax laws will go into effect after the first of the year, and many Texas residents may be wanting to sever ties quickly.

Because the changes will result in a reversal of tax obligations in relation to alimony, many people want to get their divorces finalized by the end of the year. Parties who pay alimony currently have the ability to deduct their payments from their taxes, but after the new year, they will be responsible for paying taxes on those support payments. Of course, some individuals may not have the ability to open and close a divorce case in just a couple of months.

When a considerable amount of wealth is involved, it can take a significant amount of time just to determine what assets are at stake. Still, even if individuals cannot complete their cases by the end of the year, they may have a chance to come to a settlement before that time that addresses alimony terms. However, if the terms of the settlement later change, the tax implications of alimony agreements could also change.

Going through divorce can be complicated. Though many Texas residents may want to beat the tax law changes associated with alimony, rushing their cases may not necessarily be wise. Instead, they may want to explore the details of their cases and determine what decisions could help them reach the best possible outcomes for each aspect of their situations.