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D-Day for key alimony changes rapidly approaching

Legions of divorcing parties in Arkansas and nationally are now on the clock, trying to complete a cram course on alimony prior to the end of 2018 and potentially acting upon what they’ve learned.

The takeaways are both multiple and hugely significant. Moreover, they underscore fundamental changes in alimony law that have been firmly entrenched for more than three-quarters of a century.

We highlighted the basics in a Robertson, Oswalt & Associates blog post from earlier this year. We noted in our February 13 entry that, “Starting next year, the impressive amount of tax savings long realized by payers – especially those in higher tax brackets – will simply cease to exist.” That termination of alimony’s tax deductibility will be coupled by a lapsed duty of spousal maintenance recipients to report alimony as taxable income.

Those key adjustments to longstanding alimony law ushered in by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will logically raise questions for many separating couples. New concerns might easily arise for impending exes who, until recently, didn’t give much thought to precise timing considerations in their divorce.

A recent Forbes article serves to remind readers that the clock is resolutely ticking on the matter, with 2019 approaching in a hurry. It dutifully notes that “couples going through a divorce where alimony is an issue are highly motivated to settle soon.”

Is December 31 a key date in your divorce planning? An experienced attorney with demonstrated advocacy for clients in spousal maintenance and related support matters can provide timely and valuable counsel regarding the new alimony law and its implications.

Robertson, Oswalt & Associates welcomes contacts to our Little Rock law firm and the opportunity to provide sound input on any matter relating to family law.

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