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When Michigan couples divorce, it is not unusual for one party to pay alimony to the other. These payments may only be required for a specific period of time, or alimony may be owed as long as the recipient is alive.

Unlike child support, alimony payments may be tax-deductible for the person who makes them. This can be good news to a person in a high asset divorce who must make substantial payments over a long period of time. There are, however, some standards that must be met before a spousal support payment can be deducted from taxes. Failure to comply with them may result in tax problems.

First of all, the payments must be made as part of a written, documented separation or divorce agreement or settlement. This is important, because some couples might break up with one person occasionally sending support checks in the mail or via direct deposit. This sort of casual support may not qualify for the tax deduction. In addition, there must be an actual divorce or separation. This means that the couple must be living in separate households and can't be filing their income taxes on a joint return.

Another consideration is that the support payment must be for the support of the recipient and not the estranged couple's children. If payments are being used by both spouse and children, an accounting formula must be used to determine which portion of the payment qualifies for the deduction. A family law attorney can often provide further insight on this particular issue.

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