Retired from the military as of 2000 Divorced 2004. Wife award 34% of my military retirement. (California). At the time, we did not know how to do the tax split on this. We agreed that would deduct my tax rate of 25% from her payments. This was done till now. There is now section on my tax return for military retirement payments to ex! Is it alimony?
Divorce decree state that she received gross payment of her share. Last month, I informed my ex that I will pay her gross as I believed it can be claimed as alimony. I also mailed her my end of year retirement statement. Last month I receive an email from her attorney that I owe her all the gross amounts since 2004 along with alimony. That I will be responsible for interest and legal fees. This is a shock for me. I work for the US govt and lo
it sounds as if you had a long term marriage and out of the dissolution you were ordered to pay alimony to your wife AND your wife was awarded her community property interest in your military retirement. They are two very different things. Her 34% share in your retirement is a property interest that was divided by the court between the two of you so that you each received your respective interest in that item of property. Your alimony order is a support obligation that you owe to your wife and is not related to how your property [pension] was divided.
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