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Alimony and stress management

Paying spousal support can be incredibly tough for those going through financial hardships, such as someone who has lost their job or a person who is struggling with a health problem that is very costly to deal with. These situations can result in a great deal of stress, especially for someone who has already been through a lot after dealing with a difficult divorce. Some people may even be stressed out about making alimony payments in general, even though they have no financial issues that make it difficult to stay caught up. If you are going through these difficulties, it is vital to manage your stress well.

Alimony, travel plans and financial hardship

Bringing your marriage to an end could change your life in all sorts of ways, some of which may be for the better. However, it may also bring up various issues that you need to consider, such as consequences for failing to pay child support or alimony. If you are required to pay spousal support following your divorce, it is crucial to make sure that these obligations are met, regardless of your financial circumstances. Sometimes, people experience financial hardships, which may necessitate convincing the court to lower your monthly payments. Moreover, your financial state may impact other aspects of your life, such as a trip that you have been planning.

Paying spousal support during a medical crisis

Our blog has addressed some of the reasons why people are no longer able to stay current on their spousal support payment, such as financial difficulties that have resulted from the loss of a job. However, there are other reasons people may find themselves in this position. For example, you may have a hard time paying alimony because of a medical crisis that you are struggling with, especially if it was unexpected and left you little time to prepare financially. 

Back spousal support and social security

This blog has covered some of the different consequences that come with falling behind on spousal support, such as the amount of stress that people may experience when they are unable to stay current. Moreover, the IRS states that back spousal support can lead to the interception of tax refunds. However, people should recognize that many other potential consequences could lie ahead if spousal support is not paid. For example, unpaid spousal support can affect social security benefits.

Back spousal support and tax refund interception

On this blog, we have gone over various spousal support issues, such as being unable to make your payments due to the recent loss of your job, as well as other family law issues which can have a financial impact, such as the interception of your tax refund due to back child support. However, you may want to bear in mind that failing to pay spousal support could also result in financial ramifications. For example, if you fall behind on spousal support, it is possible that you could have your tax refund intercepted as well.

Are alimony payments deductible?

Divorce can bring up many questions and a host of stressors, whether couples are unsure about how custody will be awarded or have uncertainty about the manner in which marital property will be split between each party. That said, spousal support is an issue that can be particularly stressful for certain people when their marriage comes to an end. Aside from issues related to actually making spousal support payments, you could be wondering how alimony might affect you in other ways. For example, you might want to know if alimony payments can be deducted when working on your taxes or if you are required to count payments you have received as income.

Job loss and alimony payments

Whether you were laid off due to the seasonal nature of your line of work or you were fired for an unexpected reason, moving forward after the loss of your job can be very challenging. Worse yet, you may face financial difficulties that prevent you from paying bills, staying current on your child support or paying alimony. Our law firm knows how upsetting this can be for people in Peoria, and cities across Illinois. However, it is vital for you to promptly go over your options if you are struggling with making your monthly spousal support payments.

Job loss and spousal support

In recent years, some people have found themselves out of work for one reason or another. In Peoria, and across Illinois, labor market conditions can make it tricky for people in this position to find more work. If you have recently lost your job, you may be wondering how to handle your responsibilities, such as paying your bills and continuing to make your spousal support payments. Our law office understands the stress and uncertainty that people going through this may experience and it is critical for you to explore your different options.

Can I deduct spousal support payments?

If you are required to pay spousal support, there are various issues you may have to consider. For example, you may be having a hard time making your payments due to financial hardships you are facing because of a health condition that caught you off guard or the loss of your job. Or, perhaps you are unsure about how your alimony payments will affect your tax return. In Peoria, and throughout the whole state of Illinois, finding answers to spousal support issues and other family law problems is pivotal.

Why alimony shouldn’t be gender biased

In an Illinois marriage, couples often compromise on which of their careers they will make their decisions based on. Pay, benefits and location are often factors that lead to valuing the job of one spouse over the other. When it comes time to make changes, such as staying home with a child or moving across the country, the spouse with the less lucrative position may be the one who leaves the workplace altogether, or finds whatever job is available to suit the circumstances. Once this is done, it can have a lasting effect on a career.

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