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Track your spousal maintenance after a divorce

Spousal maintenance (or alimony) can play an important role in any divorce. But it is not guaranteed. The state of Illinois looks at many different factors when considering the topic of spousal maintenance, and based on these factors, it will make a decision about whether this form of financial support should be awarded and, if so, for how long and how much.

If spousal maintenance is awarded in your case, then it is imperative for you to keep detailed records of the support payments -- regardless of whether you receive the payments or make the payments. Failing to track alimony in the wake of a divorce can be an egregious error that can cause legal problems for you at a later date.

So what should you be keeping track of in the event that spousal maintenance is involved in your divorce? Here are a few to consider:

  • You should write down the check number and the bank used for the transaction
  • Write down the date the payment was made, how much the payment was for, and the address that it was sent to
  • If you are the paying spouse, get a checkbook that makes carbon copies of your checks
  • And if you are paying or receiving the payments in cash, both you and your former spouse need to create your own receipt

Tracking spousal maintenance is a responsibility, and failing to uphold it could cause you legal problems in the future.

Source: FindLaw, "Alimony Guidelines: What Records to Keep Regarding Your Alimony," Accessed Jan. 23, 2017

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