Are my alimony payments deductible?

Alimony payments are deductible if the following requirements are met:
  1. The payments are in cash (check, money order, etc.)
  2. Required by a divorce or separation instrument.
  3. The payments are not for child support.
  4. The payments are not part of the property settlement payments related to the divorce.
  5. You and your (ex)spouse aren't members of the same household and don't file a joint tax return.
  6. You aren't liable to make any payments for any period after the death of your ex-spouse.
One item to note is that if you owe both alimony and child support, and you pay less than the amounts required during the year, then the amounts paid are first applied to your child support obligation before being applied to alimony.

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