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How will the new tax law affect my divorce case?
Alimony awards agreed upon via signed and legally binding divorce or separation agreements
or court ordered after Dec. 31, 2018, will not be tax deductible to the payor nor will the
payments be treated as income to the alimony recipient. Alimony awards—regardless of how
long payments are to be made—either agreed to via a signed and legally binding divorce or
separation agreement, or are court ordered prior to that date, will continue to be deductible
from the payor’s income and treated as income to the alimony recipient, unless parties agree
otherwise. After Dec. 31, 2018, modifications of alimony awarded or agreed to prior to that
date, will receive the same tax treatment as the original amounts if the agreement expressly
provides for this accommodation. Parties should also consider the elimination of dependency
tax exemptions when negotiating allocation of tax benefits related to children.
How do I pick the best family law attorney for me?
Look for someone who listens; someone with extensive knowledge of Maryland law, who
appears in court regularly, is known by judges and works well with other firms. You want
someone with the skills to litigate, while maintaining the judgement and discretion to seek other
dispute resolution methods if more effective. Find someone who is responsive to your requests,
truly cares about you and will be on your side, working to improve your family situation.
7201 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 675
Bethesda, MD 20814
Hostetter Strent LLC
We focus on all aspects of domestic
relations law—divorce, property
distribution, alimony, custody and
child support—and can assist
at any stage in a relationship:
from prenuptial and post-nuptial
agreements to divorce. We are well
versed in all methods of dispute
resolution—all settlement options,
collaborative law, mediation, litigation
and more—and use methods best
suited to each client’s goals.