Alimony Records You Should Be Sure to Keep After a Divorce
Whether you are paying or receiving alimony as part of the terms of your divorce, there are some records you should hold on to that could be important down the line in the event of a dispute. Here is a quick overview of those records you should keep.
For the alimony payer
If you are paying alimony, you should keep the following:
- Check originals: Hold on to the originals of all checks used for alimony payments, and keep them in a safe place, such as a locked filing cabinet or a safe deposit box. Make notes on the check every month for the month’s payment that check covers.
- Receipts: If you make your payments in cash, you should collect receipts for every payment and have them signed by your former spouse.
- Lists of payments: Maintain a full list of every payment, including the date, check number and address to which you sent the check.
For the alimony recipient
If you receive alimony, you make a thorough list or spreadsheet that contains the following information:
- The date on which you received each payment
- The amount of money received in each payment
- The check number or any other information that could identify the payment, such as the number of a money order
- The account number for the check
- The name of the bank from which the money order or check was issued
- A photocopy of that money order or check
- Copies of any signed receipts you provide your former partner confirming you received the payment
For more information and guidance on dealing with alimony-related issues, contact an experienced divorce lawyer with Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.