Discussion:Eliminating Alimony

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Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

1 April 2009
Client came in with alimony deduction of $25,000. Was happy that ex was getting married again so this should stop. Then said that there were some second thoughts and not sure marriage is going through. I then recommended that it might be wise for him to pay the gentleman $50,000 to make sure he does marry her.

FAMU1974 (talk|edits) said:

22 June 2009
By George that MAY WORK?

TAX.TITAN (talk|edits) said:

22 June 2009
He should volunteer to pay for the wedding and honeymoon.


NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

23 June 2009
It's the absolute pits, isn't it? So the guy ends up supporting some other guy's girlfriend, maybe even live-in girlfriend.

If your client really wants to get rid of the alimony obligation and it's been a few years, have him consult a GOOD domestic relations lawyer. There's a problem here...divorce work is the tank cleaning duty of law practice. Very few lawyers enjoy it; most would rather undergo a root canal than take on a nasty divorce. As a result, divorce "specialists" are often lawyers who aren't really the best and brightest of the profession or who are just starting out and need to keep the lights on. This is unfortunate because, while divorce law isn't as complex as, say, corporate taxation, it isn't particularly simple, either, not like, say, criminal defense.

About the only advice I can give for finding a genuinely good divorce lawyer are a few guidelines:

-Anyone with a full-page ad in the Yellow Pages is automatically eliminated. -Anyone who claims to do divorce along with a number of other things like plaintiff's work or criminal defense should be subjected to careful scrutiny. -If your State Bar recognzes divorse specialists, that's generally a good sign. -A cheap lawyer is to be avoided at all costs.

Expect to spend north of $10,000 to have a reasonable chance of ending this alimonyn obligation in the absence of remarriage.

Good luck!

Pent-Up (talk|edits) said:

24 July 2009
Not the way to do it all, since Alimony is decided by one – the Judge – simply get the Judge to hate the opposition. Whatever, way you can, demo she is a drinker, adulterer,

lazy, a liar; what ever it takes. Get the Judge to view her poorly she will not get a dime

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

24 July 2009
the old Vasiline on the Eyeglass trick should work. Surely the judge will view her poorly through that sludge.

NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

25 July 2009
Well...trouble is, the alimony order already exists. To modify or eliminate alimony, you really have to show a change of circumstances following the entry of the original decree.

Drinker, adulteress, lazy, a liar...none of that really matters at this point.

Ideally, the Judge will have ordered only "rehabilitative" alimony which is designed to support the ex-spouse in her efforts to become self-supporting. If that's the case and she's not making visible progress, the Judge MIGHT cut her off. Maybe. But failure to remarry won't help you, I'm afraid.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

25 July 2009
I believe that death is still a good tactic. On either side.

I never understood why more people don't realize this.

NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

25 July 2009
I have frequently pointed out that assasination results in a cleaner, simpler break-up than going through the usual legal channels for a divorce. Buuuut, as O.J. demonstrated, you might get away with murder but still get nailed civilly for wrongful death. Alimony ends up being somewhat cheaper in most cases.

Besides. Who among us is not a better, more rounded person for having someone we can really, really hate? Friends you can pick up anywhere. A solid enemy is difficult to acquire in a nonviolent context. Divorce guarantees at least ONE.

Pent-Up (talk|edits) said:

27 July 2009
The Alimony statutes in New York are more generous than are southern or western states, for example, the former spouse in a long term marriage is granted a lien position upon the professional license of the opposing spouse where he/she demonstrates sufficient contribution towards obtaining that professional license.

The lien is permanent unless change in economic circumstance is raised and proven.

In Florida, for example, Representative Daniel Webster (Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) states in his newsletter that the Florida Legislature is moving away from enacting Alimony in favor of self sufficiency, no matter how disparate the incomes.

Billthetaxguy (talk|edits) said:

5 August 2011
I paid alimony for several years after my ex remarried. She and her new hubby kept it secret. Found out when one of the kids let it slip. He didn't know he wasn't supposed to tell daddy mommy was remaried.

Never found out the exact date they were married.

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