My soon to be ex is a stay-at-home dad, going back to school. We are filing "uncontested", jointly, but i agree to paying maintenance and child support until he has a job (we are setting a hard deadline). Should i pay these things seperately, or combine them and pay "family support"?
depends on way too many factors to answer in this forum. An attorney needs to look at all your financial data to determine which is best for you.
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The goal in making a determination such as this is to maximize the net incomes of the parties by minimizing the amount of taxes you both would pay. There are ways to calculate this using various computer programs. There are also other considerations which need to be taken into account. I strongly advise you to consult with an attorney in making this determination.
Use extreme caution when agreeing to a family support order. Family support can be appealing to a payor, since it is deductible from your gross income however, the IRS has strict guidelines regarding family support. If the IRS determines that your family support order is essentially disguised child support you will be subjected to significant negative tax consequences. Consult the advice of a family law attorney before finalizing any family support order.
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