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Tax ramifications of Massachusetts alimony payments

The deadlines for filing state and federal tax returns are looming. Many Massachusetts residents have already filed their returns. For those who have yet to do so, the website for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers taxpayers the rules regarding alimony or spousal support payments as income paid or received by state residents.

Can I pay alimony in a lump sum?

Divorces in West Springfield sometimes involve a spouse being ordered to pay the other spouse alimony, also referred to as spousal support. Even if the payer spouse has come to terms with the agreement, sending a check to their former spouse every month could be an unpleasant reminder of a failed marriage.

Alimony factors in Massachusetts divorce cases

Courts in each state have their own guidelines for assigning alimony when couples cannot reach a divorce agreement on their own. In Massachusetts, the court will look at a range of factors, from the length of a marriage to whether each party has health insurance. Alimony will not always be part of a divorce settlement and spouses should understand what will influence a court's decision to best prepare for the decision.

Massachusetts man flees to Indian reservation to avoid alimony

A 67-year-old Sudbury man has fled Massachusetts and taken up refuge on an Oklahoma Indian reservation in a desperate attempt to avoid paying alimony payments he claims to no longer be in a position to afford. The retired pharmacist had already spent six days of a 120-day contempt of court sentence behind bars for failing to remit $20,000 to his ex-wife's divorce lawyer for attorney's fees when he skipped town. Because he is one-quarter Cherokee on his father's side, he is eligible for sanctuary on the sovereign nation's lands, but faces arrest and extradition back to Massachusetts should he leave the reservation and be detained by police.

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