Alimony, also known as spousal support, is typically awarded immediately following the divorce in an amount determined by the length of the marriage and the difference in steady income earned by the divorcing spouses. Unfortunately, however, alimony is often a topic of post-divorce disagreements due to missed payments or unreasonable demands. As such, proper record-keeping is an essential part of protecting your rights and interests after a divorce in order to give you the evidence you need in the event of a dispute.
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our legal team is committed to helping each client find a suitable outcome in any family legal dispute, and we will work diligently to assist you if you are facing divorce or alimony issues. To learn more about your rights and legal options for resolving spousal support disputes, contact an experienced attorney today at (713) 766-5355.
Records for the Paying Individual
It is not uncommon for the recipients of spousal support to claim that they have not received payments that were in fact made, and it is important to take keep the following records to protect yourself against unjust claims:
- The originals of the checks used for payments, which should be stored in a secure place such as a safe deposit box
- A complete list of all payments including the date, check number, and the address to which the check was mailed
- Signed receipts for any cash payments
Records for the Receiving Individual
Failure to remit payment is a common problem for those who owe spousal support and having clear records of transactions can be helpful when attempting to have the court enforce an alimony order. Our attorneys advise individuals receiving alimony to keep the following records:
- A clear list of the dates payments are received and the amount of each payment, as well as the bank from which the payment is drawn
- Identifying information for the method of payment such as check numbers or the number on the money order
- Photocopies of payments
- Copies of signed receipts for any cash payments
Alimony can be an important component of your financial livelihood, which is why it is necessary for both parties to uphold their ends of the alimony agreement.
If you are involved in an alimony dispute, act now to protect yourself against further abuse of your divorce settlement by securing the services of a skilled Houston divorce lawyer. To schedule your consultation to discuss the details of your case with our experienced legal team, contact Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today at (713) 766-5355.